James Johnson is in his third season with the Monarchs. He came to Old Dominion after serving one season as an assistant coach at Hargrave Military Academy, where he helped guide the Tigers to a 26-2 record.
Johnson works with the guards and is also in charge of the film exchange program and underclass recruitment.
Prior to going to Hargrave where he worked with the post graduate team, Johnson was an assistant at Longwood for 1995-96 and at Ferrum from 1993-95. He was a standout forward at Ferrum College, where he was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior in 1993. He was also the squad's Defensive Player-of-the-Year as a sophomore, junior and senior. As a senior, Johnson averaged 6.1 rebounds per game.
In 1992, Johnson helped lead Ferrum to the Dixie Conference title and the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. He also helped the squad captured the 1993 Dixie Conference regular season crown. He returned as coach in 1993-94 and helped Ferrum to another Dixie Conference regular season title.
Johnson, 28, is a native of Powhatan, Va. where he was a two-sport star in football and basketball at Powhatan High School. As a senior, he was named All-District.
Johnson is a 1993 graduate of Ferrum College with a BS degree in psychology, with a minor in criminal justice.