Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Brandon Johnson joined Tennessee State in 2012 after the last three years as an advisor for John Lucas Basketball Resources.
At TSU, Johnson will be involved in every aspect of the program. He is responsible for recruiting, post player development, individual workouts and practices. He will take charge of game scheduling, scouting and assist with budget management. Johnson serves as the academic and community service liaison for the program.
"Coaching is about teaching, relationships and passion and I feel Brandon Johnson is the perfect choice," said TSU head coach Travis Williams. "Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from what he adds to our staff. He comes highly regarded and is well respected in the coaching profession with his experience, work ethic, coaching knowledge and recruiting skills. He's the perfect fit and brings the right dynamics to our student-athletes both academically and athletically."
During the three prior years before joining TSU, Johnson served as an instructor for players through skill development. He helped former basketball legend John Lucas as a player performance evaluator. He provided presentations to the players, parents and coaches on recruiting, NCAA eligibility and compliance.
In the five previous years, Johnson coached at Auburn University alongside former Tennessee State head coach John Cooper.
Johnson played a vital role in the revitalization of the Auburn basketball program as the Tigers played for the SEC's Western Division title in the 2007 regular season finale.
After four years as an assistant coach under coach Jeff Lebo, Johnson was Director of Basketball Operations for the final year at AU. Prior to coming to Auburn in April 2004, Johnson spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Texas-San Antonio, where the Roadrunners won the Southland Conference and made a NCAA Tournament appearance.
Johnson has coaching ties in both Alabama and Georgia, including a three-year stint as an assistant at Jacksonville State University from 1998-2001. Prior to going to UTSA, he was the head coach at Atlanta Technical College in 2001-02, where he was in the process of developing the new men's basketball program.
Johnson was an assistant at Clayton College & State University in Morrow, Ga., in 1997-98 and was an assistant at Atlanta Metropolitan College in 1996-97. He started his coaching career in 1992 as an assistant at Atlanta's Frederick Douglas High School for two years and then was an assistant at Benjamin Banneker High School in College Park, Ga., for two seasons from 1994-96.
He helped lead Atlanta Metropolitan to the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Championship with a 14-0 record in 1996-97. His coaching honors include being named a three-time Georgia High School Association Assistant Coach of the Year in consecutive seasons from 1993-95.
A 1997 Georgia State University graduate in Psychology, Johnson earned a Master's in General Administration from Central Michigan University in 2002.
The Lansing, Mich., native has numerous camp and clinic teaching experience, including his five-year affiliation with the Pete Newell Big Man Camp in Hawaii; working with the New Zealand National Team in 2000 and Nigerian Basketball League in 2003; and working at basketball schools for Bobby Knight, Tubby Smith, Tom Izzo, Eddie Fogler, Bobby Cremins, Jud Heathcote and Randy Ayers.