Johnson Joins PC Softball Program
"I have known Vashion (Johnson) for several years and I couldn't be more excited to welcome him aboard to Presbyterian College," said Coach Tucker, who just completed her first year over the softball program. "Coach Johnson will make our program better. I am thrilled to have someone with collegiate coaching experience, head coach experience and someone with the passion and energy to work with our outfielders join our staff."
Johnson came from Slippery Rock where he was head coach from 2004-2011. Under Johnson, the Rocks broke over 42 school records in eight years, compiled a record of 174-166, and made appearances in both the NCAA and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournaments. The all-time leader in program history, his 174 wins were the most in an eight-year span. He also produced five winning seasons, including a 27-17 mark and an appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2008.
"I'm excited to join the PC family and thank Coach Tucker for giving me the opportunity to coach with her," said Johnson. "I'm looking forward to working with her and Coach Miller in guiding this team and helping them become championship contenders."
Before coming to Slippery Rock, Johnson served as the head coach of the women's softball and men's basketball teams at Harvest Baptist High School in Charleston, South Carolina. His 2003 softball team won the South Carolina Class 4A state championship.
Prior to Harvest Baptist, Johnson served one season as an assistant coach at North aCarolina A&T State and three seasons at North Carolina Central.
Before beginning his collegiate coaching career, Johnson was the head coach at Immaculata Catholic High School in Durham, North Carolina, where he led the team to the state playoffs in each of his two seasons.
"Coach Johnson will oversee our outfield and assist with all parts of our program," said Tucker. "I enjoy having a collaborative philosophy and I genuinely look forward to Coach (Justin) Miller, Coach Johnson and I talking shop and planning to keep raising the bar for the future of PC Softball."
Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American history and political science from Morris College 2000, where he was a four-time All-Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference performer on the baseball team. He still holds the school record for career home runs.
Johnson received his MBA in international business in 2011 from Salem.
Johnson also served in the U.S. Marines and was a Desert Storm veteran. He received an honorable discharge from the Marines in 1996 after serving in ground support hydraulics for GSE and Cobras.
While in the U.S. Marines, Johnson received a Good Conduct Medal, Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Navy and Marine Overseas Service ribbon, Navy Sea Service Deployment ribbon, Humanitarian Service medal, Armed Forced Service medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal.
Johnson is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Black Coaches' Association and Sports Turf Managers Association.
Johnson and his wife Natalie have two daughters, Lovie and Devin and one son, Beau.