Skyhawk Men's Basketball | Jermaine Johnson - Associate Head Coach
Jermaine Johnson is in his fourth season at UT Martin and first as the associate head coach of the Skyhawks. He was promoted to the role of associate head coach in May 2017.
Johnson has been a key member of the Skyhawks' success over the last three seasons, as UT Martin's run includes the program's first two Ohio Valley Conference West division championships (2015-16, 2016-17), the school's first two appearances in the OVC Tournament championship game (2016, 2017) and five victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. He has helped oversee 63 wins over the past three seasons, which are the most victories in any three-year span in program history.
Since Johnson joined the program, the Skyhawks have posted three consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. UT Martin is also the only OVC program to win at least one postseason contest in each of the last three seasons.
Last season, the Skyhawks equaled a school record with 22 victories while setting new single-season records for points (2,693), field goals (966), rebounds (1,312) and assists (555). UT Martin advanced to the OVC Tournament championship for the second straight year and won its first outright OVC West division title. The Skyhawks also generated the most home wins (14) and nonconference victories (10) for UT Martin since the school joined the Division-I ranks in 1992.
Johnson helped the Skyhawks to 20 wins and their first OVC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history in 2015-16. UT Martin reeled off an eight-game OVC winning streak for only the second time in program history en route to a share of the OVC West title.
In Johnson’s first season as an assistant in 2014-15, UT Martin won 21 games – including three road victories on its way to a Final Four appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Skyhawks led the nation with 12 road victories and notched the first three postseason victories in the school’s Division-I era.
Johnson 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.