Shirley Johnson, a native of Salt Lake City, was hired in 1980 as the football office secretary and has served the BYU football team since. After 32 years of service, Johnson retired this week.
Johnson has worked for three head coaches, including LaVell Edwards who hired her. During her time with the Cougars, she saw BYU win its first bowl game (“The Miracle Bowl”), watched the Cougars claim a national championship and witnessed Ty Detmer win the Heisman Trophy.
Johnson was the 2010 recipient of the Foundation of Excellence Award, which recognizes individuals whose efforts and contributions have laid the foundation for BYU’s athletic success.
“Shirley Johnson has influenced for good and helped shape the lives of hundreds of BYU football players over the past three decades,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe.
Among other duties, Johnson helped with correspondence, football alumni relations, and many other responsibilities in the day-to-day operation of the BYU Football Office. Once asked in an interview about her family, Shirley responded, “I have 120 children a year—all boys.”
Despite stepping into retirement, Johnson will continue to give her time to BYU by helping with the BYU Varsity Club.