Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Jermaine Johnson - Assistant Coach
Jermaine Johnson is in his third season as an assistant coach at UT Martin and first as the lead assistant under head coach Anthony Stewart.
Johnson has been a key member of the Skyhawks' success over the last two seasons, as UT Martin's run includes the program's first-ever Ohio Valley Conference West division championship (2015-16), the school's first appearance in the OVC Tournament championship game (2015-16) and four victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. He has helped oversee 41 wins over the past two seasons, which is tied for the most victories in a two-year span in program history.
Last season, the Skyhawks won at least 20 games for the second straight season and just the third time at the school's Division-I level. UT Martin also became the first OVC team to notch at least one postseason victory in each of the last two years.
In 2014-15, Johnson was part of the Skyhawks' remarkable turnaround as UT Martin tallied 21 wins (one shy of the school record) and claimed its first three postseason victories in the school's Division-I era (since 1992).
Johnson helped the Skyhawks to the Final Four of the 2015 CIT, capping off the nation's fourth-best improvement from the previous season (13 wins). UT Martin also led the country with 12 road victories.
Johnson, 38, joined the Skyhawks from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., where he helped the Eagles to the Southern Conference tournament semifinals in 2013-14.
A Memphis native, Johnson made a name for himself as head coach of the highly successful Melrose High School boys’ basketball program from 2007-13. He developed Melrose into a top-25 program in the nation after he won five straight District 16 AAA championships. His team also won the 2010 TSSAA Class AAA state title on its way to a 37-win season. During his tenure, he coached 26 seniors and all 26 players received college scholarships.
Johnson also had coaching stops at Ridgeway High School (his alma mater), Cordova High School and Craigmont High School, where he began his coaching career. Overall, Johnson posted a 353-91 record as a high school head coach.
At Melrose, Johnson coached McDonald’s All-American Adonis Thomas while also coaching an eventual National Junior College Player of the Year and two All-Americans. All in all, he has coached 12 professional players, including eight who played in the NBA.
Johnson began his coaching career as an assistant for four years (1999-2003) at the University of Memphis under head coach John Calipari. He helped build the Tigers into a nationally ranked program, posting 71 wins in three seasons. In Johnson's final season, Memphis won the Conference USA championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Johnson played collegiately at Texas-Arlington for two seasons (1997-99) after attending Chattahoochee Valley Community College for two years. While at Texas-Arlington, he set the all-time Mavericks' single-game assists record with 17 against Sam Houston State on Dec. 28, 1998.
Johnson earned his bachelor's degree from the United States Sports Academy in 2007 and also obtained his Master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in December of 2014. He has one son, Carson.