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Towson Names Cornerbacks Coach
A member of the Towson University coaching staff last season, Derrick Johnson has been named as the Tigers’ cornerbacks coach, it has been announced by Coach Rob Ambrose.
A former defensive back at the University of North Carolina, Johnson served as the Tigers’ secondary coach in 2008.
“For me, it was a no-brainer to retain Derrick on the coaching staff,” said Coach Ambrose, who became the Tigers’ fourth head football coach in December. “I remember Derrick when he was playing at Roosevelt High School. His ties to Maryland high school football will our recruiting efforts and I know he will do a great job working with our cornerbacks.”
A native of Upper Marlboro, Md. who was an All-State performer at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Johnson was a four-year standout at cornerback for the Tar Heels. During his career, he appeared in all 48 games and started eight times. A special teams standout, he also saw action in the secondary as a freshman and sophomore.
In 2001, he made 13 tackles in a reserve role and helped the Tar Heels post an 8-5 record that included a 16-10 victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
As a junior in 2002, he was seventh on the team with 39 tackles and he also broke up six passes. He played in all 12 games in 2002 and made three starts.
In 2003, he was a starter at cornerback in five games and made 27 tackles with three pass breakups.
In his career, he made 81 tackles and broke up 11 passes. He made the lone interception of his career in the Tar Heels’ 13-10 win over Maryland in the 2000 season.
After graduating from North Carolina with a degree in African-American History in 2004, Johnson spent three years as a secondary coach at Riverside High School in North Carolina. He helped Riverside post a 7-4 record in 2004. In his final season, he helped Riverside win its first state championship as the defensive backs led the state with 27 interceptions. He also spent one year as the track and field coach at Riverside High School.
After spending one season on Coach Tim Keating’s staff at McDaniel College, he joined the Tiger coaching staff prior to last season.
The Tigers started their Spring Practice sessions last week.
By Towson University Athletic Media Relations