Peter Johnson will fill the assistant position for 2009-10 while head coach Mark Johnson takes a one-year leave of absence to coach the U.S. women's team in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Johnson will work primarily with the defensemen.
Johnson's resume includes scouting for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL for nine years and previously serving as an assistant coach at three outstanding college programs.
Johnson played for his father "Badger Bob" at Wisconsin and was a member of the 1981 NCAA Championship team and captained the 1981-'82 team. Johnson was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1982 and 1983 and participated in the National Olympic Festival in 1981,'82 and `83 and played in the 1982 World Ice Hockey Tournament in Finland.
Johnson began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the men's hockey team at Bowling Green State University where the Falcons won a conference and national championship in 1984. Staying as an assistant coach, Johnson helped Cornell men's hockey from 1985-88. In his three-year stay with the Big Red, Johnson helped in recruiting student-athletes, while winning an Eastern College Athletics Conference championship in 1985.
Johnson returned to his alma mater in 1988 where he assisted under Jeff Sauer from 1988-91. His duties covered all areas including recruiting, coaching and player development. Johnson won his second title as a coach when the Badgers claimed both the WCHA and NCAA title in 1990.
Since 2002, Johnson has served as the Director of Ice Arena Operations and Programming at the Eagles Nest in Verona. He also served as the head coach of Wisconsin's Elite Hockey League U18 Team since 2006 and Middleton Girls Co-op since 2007.