James Johnson

James Johnson (born July 20, 1971)

Teams coached: Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech record: 22-41 (.349)
Overall record: 22-41 (.349)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2017-2022 NC State (asst)
2015-2017 Miami (FL) (DBO)
2012-2014 Virginia Tech
2007-2012 Virginia Tech (asst)
2005-2007 George Mason (asst)
2003-2005 Penn State (asst)
2002-2003 College of Charleston (asst)
2000-2002 Elon (asst)
1997-2000 Old Dominion (asst)
1995-1996 Longwood (asst)
1993-1995 Ferrum College (asst)

James Johnson Facts

  • James Johnson
  • Born July 20, 1971
  • Hometown: Powhatan, Virginia
  • Alma Mater: Ferrum College (BS, 1993)
  • Three-year starter at Ferrum (VA), named defensive POY three times and won two conference titles
    • Inducted into the Ferrum College Athletic Hall of Fame (class of 2009)
  • Started coaching at his alma mater, spending two years as an assistant there
  • Was an assistant for one year under Ron Carr at Longwood, then one year at Hargrave Military Academy (VA)
  • Served as an assistant coach at numerous D-I programs over the next 15 years, working under Jeff Capel II for three years at ODU, Mark Simons for two years at Elon, Tom Herrion for one year at College of Charleston, Ed DeChellis for two years at Penn State, Jim Larrañaga for two years at George Mason and Seth Greenberg for five years at Virginia Tech
    • During that time, Johnson was part of one NCAA Tournament (GMU’s historic 2006 Final Four run) and six NITs
  • Took over as the Hokies’ head coach upon Greenberg’s firing in 2012, leading the program for two years
    • Went just 22-41 over those two seasons and was let go in 2014
  • Rejoined Larrañaga in 2015, spending two years as his Director of Basketball Operations (DBO) at Miami (FL)
  • Hired at NC State in 2017 by Kevin Keatts, his former teammate at Ferrum, and spent five seasons on staff there
  • Returned to Virginia Tech in 2023, accepting the role of Director of High School Relations with the Hokies’ football program

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