New Hire: Damon Johnson-Boys Basketball Coach
Earlier today, Head of School Ben Holland announced the hiring of former UT Vol and Johnson City local, Damon Johnson, to lead the basketball program at Providence Academy.
Ben Holland shared, “Providence Academy is a Christ-centered school that strives for excellence not only in academics but also in fine arts and athletics. We foster a community which allows our students to flourish in all three areas while glorifying God. A man known for his Godly character, athletic prowess, and years of coaching experience, Damon Johnson is a perfect fit for our school’s competitive program.” Damon shared, “I feel very honored and blessed be a part of the Knight family. I love how God is the head of everything at Providence, and I believe this job was laid out for me with where I’m at in my life. Basketball is a tool for me to speak about God and life, and I look forward to leading Providence Academy in a new direction and making Providence Academy a staple in this area.” Athletic Director, Martin Sells commented, “We’re excited to welcome Coach Johnson to the staff. He’ll make a great addition to the Providence family and will be instrumental as we transition conferences in the coming years.”
Since 2012, Damon Johnson has served as an assistant coach for the ETSU Lady Bucs. He also spent two years as a men’s basketball assistant coach for King College and helped guide the Tornados to back-to-back Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championships and King’s first-ever appearance in the Division II NCAA Tournament. Johnson spent two years as an assistant coach for two Johnson City area schools after spending 11 years playing professionally in Europe.
Prior to going pro, Johnson played one season at Hiwassee Junior College where he was named a First Team All-American. He then transferred to the University of Tennessee to play for the Volunteers from 1994-96. In his three years at UT, he was a two-year starter, voted Best Team Player in 1995, and Most Versatile Player after his senior season in 1996.
As a Johnson City native, he played for current King College head coach and athletic director, George Pitts, while attending Science Hill High School from 1989 to 1992. Johnson helped bring Science Hill a state title in 1990 and a state runner-up finish in 1991. His teams won the conference title all four years of his playing career as well as district and regional titles. He also has a place in the Science Hill High School Hall of Fame.