Former high school coach and travel team director Kenny Johnson has embarked on his collegiate coaching career as he joins Pat Skerry's Tiger staff.
Johnson's background includes four years at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va., as well as six years on the travel circuit with Nike Team TakeOver.
"Kenny has been part of one of the premiere, grass roots programs in the country as well as a national high school powerhouse," said Skerry. "He's been a terrific high school coach over the last seven years and has a great reputation and contacts from the Virginia area all the way through Maryland and beyond. He's part of the Nike EYBL and AAU circuits and has developed relationships with all those programs. He's a very bright guy with a degree in Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics. He has a great relationship with his players and he's a very good teacher on the floor."
A 1999 graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park where he was a Benjamin Banneker Scholarship recipient, Johnson's playing career was cut short due to an injury in his second year of varsity basketball at Oxon Hill High School.
In 2002 Johnson became the associate head coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. In 2006 he became the associate head coach at Dr. Henry Wise High School. The following year he began his coaching run at Paul VI.
Johnson completed his sixth year as vice president/assistant director of basketball operations of Nike Team TakeOver and head coach of its 16 and under age group. Since 2002 he has been an integral part of high school programs, including Team TakeOver that produced a total of 53 Division I scholarship players and a state championship (PVI - 2009). His travel team tournament ledger includes the prestigious King James Classic (2009, 2010) and the Orlando National Super Showcase (2009).
In addition to his many years as a camp coach at Eastern Invitational, as well as Reebok Headliner Camp, Johnson has been a guest clinician at the New England Basketball Coaching Clinic at Reebok Headquarters. He has also served as a camp and tournament director, beginning with the first Annual National High School Hoop Festival in 2007 and the first Annual DMV Basketball Coaching Clinic in 2008.