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Derrick Johnson Earns NCAA Degree
Athletic Operations Manager/SID graduates from the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males and Females
June 21, 2010
[Columbia, SC] Derrick Johnson, Athletic Operations Manager/Sports Information Director at Benedict College, recently graduated from the NCAA's 2010 Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males and Females.
Johnson, who works with the athletic department as an executive administrator, attended four consecutive weekend development sessions and a week-long workshop with the purpose of expanding their experience in leadership roles. The courses included leadership and administration, human resource management, finance and fundraising, booster, public and media relations and inner game of leadership sessions.
"This was an immeasurable experience," Johnson said. "The institute has definitely played a key role in my development as a leader and the expansion of my knowledge both personally and professionally. It is my plan to share this knowledge and promote positive development at Benedict College. I commend the NCAA for their vision on Diversity and Inclusion and would like to thank them, and the athletic department for allowing me to be part of the 2010 Ethnic Minority Leadership Institute."
The NCAA Leadership Institute established its educational program in 2001 providing support for the shortage of senior-level ethnic minority females and males in athletics. Johnson was the first athletic representative from Benedict College to have been selected to the program, and now, to have successfully completed its rigorous curriculum.
Johnson is entering his tenth year with Benedict College and eighth as an athletic administrator. His responsibilities with the Tigers include assisting the Director of Athletics with the administration of the department's daily operations and programs. Troubleshooting issues in conflict with the Department or College procedures and recommends action plans for resolution, and he also serves as the Department's primary communication liaison for coaching and administrative staff members on behalf of the Director of Athletics. In the past, Johnson has also served as the Assistant Director of Public Relations, Sports Information Director, Head Baseball Coach, and football play-by-play commentator.
Johnson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina-Aiken (USCA). He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1998 with concentrations in mass communications, marketing, and public relations. He will complete a master's in sports management at the United States Sports Academy in December, 2010. Johnson was also inducted in to the New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 for his accomplishments in football and baseball. He began his baseball career as a catcher and outfielder, and was the second African American to be drafted by a Major League Baseball organization (Florida Marlins, '93, '94) straight from high school in Trenton, NJ. A native of Trenton, NJ, he has one daughter (7) Journey.
Source: BC Sports Information