M.C. "Tuffy" Johnson


College Career

Southern Mississippi (1940-1941)


Coaching Career

• Organzied and developed curriculum for USM’s Department of Athletic Administration and Coaching

• Organized and directed the Mississippi Swimming and Diving Association, serving as its first president and created the handbook and operational guidelines still used today

• Age Group Swimming Chairman and Vice President of the Southern District of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)

• Organzied Hattiesburg’s Summer Recreation Program, which became the model for a year-round program

• Organized the Magnolia State Swimming and Diving Meet


Did You Know?

“Tuffy” Johnson founded and conducted community-based swimming programs which taught more than 26,000 children to swim. Working with Red Cross, he also trained and certified hundreds in live-saving and water safety.

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