Derrick Johnson, an accomplished athletic and public relations administrator, has been named director of athletics at Middlesex County College.
“I am honored and excited to join the Middlesex athletics family in the role of director of athletics,” he said. “I want to thank Interim President Mark McCormick and Dean of Student Affairs Marla Brinson for this incredible opportunity. I look forward to bringing my energy, knowledge and skills to MCC and contributing to the department’s continued success. Go Blue Colts!”
Mr. Johnson comes to MCC from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina where he oversaw a 10-sport NCAA program and successfully managed a staff of 40. He was responsible for the growth of partnerships that enriched fundraising, community relations, and stewardship of the athletic department.
Proceeding ECSU, he served as the director of athletics at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., where he oversaw a 17-sport program and led the athletic department to three top-10 finishes among two-year colleges in the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors Cup. In 2012, Riverside City College finished second in the nation, recognizing the overall athletic program’s excellence. He also received the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Award in 2013.
Among his other accomplishments at RCC, Mr. Johnson hired three coaches who later won Coach of the Year honors. He also created an academic advising program in the athletic department and created the first-ever Student Athlete Advisory Council.
Prior to his stop at RCC, Mr. Johnson served as the associate athletic director at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. where he was responsible for the daily operations and game day planning of all 16 sports at Benedict College. His other duties included building relationships with the media and implementing marketing and media plans, while overseeing all statistical data for Benedict athletics. Mr. Johnson was also responsible for all editorial work for Benedict’s sports publications and official athletic website.
In 2010 Mr. Johnson created and implemented Benedict’s inaugural Daniel Burgess Tricycle Relays, an event that honored the untimely death of a co-worker’s young child due to asthma complications. The event, held in conjunction with title sponsor Select Health and the South Carolina Asthma Alliance, was awarded the National NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of the Year and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Community Engagement Award of the year.
Mr. Johnson also served as sports information director and head baseball coach for seven years. He was SIAC Coach of the Year in 2009 and led his team to a Divisional Championship in 2006.
He was also assistant director of public relations at Benedict College, and public relations coordinator for the South Carolina Housing Finance and Development Authority.
Mr. Johnson, a Trenton native, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina-Aiken, and a Master’s Degree from the United States Sports Academy.
During his college career Mr. Johnson was both a writer for the school newspaper and a standout baseball player. He was named to the NCAA Division II Peach Belt All-Conference team in back-to-back seasons in 1996 and 1997, and was drafted by the Florida Marlins baseball team. In 2008 he was inducted in to the Ewing High School Athletic Hall of Fame for accomplishments in football and baseball.