The 2009-10 season is the first for Jim Johnson with the Norfolk Admirals. Johnson was first named Admirals Head Coach on January 16, 2010, after beginning the season as Associate Coach. He led the Admirals to a 13-2-1-1 record before being promoted by the Admirals' NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, to an assistant coach position in Tampa Bay on February 24, 2010. Johnson returned to Norfolk as head coach on April 3, 2010 and finished the 2009-10 season with a 15-5-1-1 record as Admirals head coach.
Johnson had a lengthy NHL career as a defenseman, playing 829 games with 29 goals and 166 assists. His NHL career included stops in Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Dallas, Washington and Phoenix. Johnson also represented the United States in international competition on seven occasions including the 1991 Canada Cup.
Following his retirement, Johnson spent four years with the Phoenix Coyotes as a consultant to the general manager, broadcast analyst and an assistant coach. He has also served as a U.S. National Junior Team assistant coach at the IIHF World Junior Championships three times. Johnson has been involved with USA Hockey development programs at the state, regional and national levels as a coach, evaluator and presenter. He was named 2006 USA Hockey Volunteer Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year.
Johnson is not a newcomer to the Admirals, as he served as Tampa Bay's Development Coach last season and was in Norfolk to evaluate and develop the Lightning's prospects several times.