Aztec baseball alum Anthony Johnson returns to the San Diego State baseball program for his eighth season and will serve as the assistant director of operations for the second year. He began his affiliation with the Aztecs as a member of the operations staff in 2003, before serving as the team's volunteer assistant coach for three years.
The 41-year-old Johnson's return to a full-time teaching position in the local community at King-Chavez Primary Academy marked the end of his tenure as SDSU's volunteer field coach after the 2006 campaign, but he remains involved with the Aztec baseball on a part-time basis. He is currently the vice principal ay King Chavez Prep Academy.
Prior to the start of the 2005 season, Johnson had been a physical education teacher at O'Farrell Community School for 11 years. His post-collegiate baseball experience included duties as head coach at Lincoln High School from 1992 to 1997. He has also served as a part-time assistant at Crawford High School in San Diego.
While an athlete at San Diego State, Johnson played second, third and shortstop as well as in the outfield during his four seasons (1987-90). He was an all-Region VII and all-Western Athletic Conference selection as a senior when he hit .329 with 47 runs scored, 39 RBI and 16 stolen bases.
He was also named to the all-tournament team at the WAC championships both in 1988 and 1990. A career .313 hitter, he still ranks in the Aztec top 10 in career triples.
Following graduation from SDSU, Johnson served on the community relations staff of the San Diego Padres for a year before beginning his teaching career. He is also active in the community, serving as a volunteer boys' basketball coach at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School for six years. He was also a coach in the Chollas Lake Little League for seven seasons.
Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management from San Diego State in 1990, and a master's degree in education administration from National University in 1998. He and his wife, Tina, have two children: daughter Mariah (19) and son Dominique (21).