Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Jermaine Johnson - Assistant Coach
Jermaine Johnson is in his first season as an assistant coach at UT Martin under Heath Schroyer.
Johnson, 36, joins the Skyhawks from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., where he helped the Eagles to the Southern Conference tournament semifinals in 2013-14.
“Jermaine has been a successful head coach in this region and has great ties in the state of Tennessee, which is where we wanted to establish ourselves in recruiting since Day One,” Schroyer said. “He is a great motivator and floor coach and is a rising star in the business. We are fortunate to have him here.”
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. He has one son, Carson.