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Johnson accepts recruiting coordinator position at Buffalo

Seven-year assist to join Bulls for 2012-13 season

August 13, 2012

Johnson accepts recruiting coordinator position at Buffalo

VESTAL, N.Y.—Associate head coach Bernitha Johnson, who has been with the Binghamton women’s basketball staff the past seven seasons, has accepted an offer to join the staff at the University of Buffalo. She will serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator, a position she held at Binghamton the past four years.

The Bulls are a member of the Mid-American Conference, which includes programs such as Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Toledo. This fall, they will begin their first season under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.

“We are sad to see her leave, but excited for Bernitha as well,” Binghamton head coach Nicole Scholl said.  “She has been well respected by our program, administration and our community and has had an integral part in the success that we have had.  Buffalo will be an opportunity for her to help rebuild a program and it’s a challenge that I know she is looking forward to.”

Johnson joined the Bearcats immediately after graduating from Tennessee in 2005. She was a team manager with the Volunteers under legendary coach Pat Summit the previous three seasons. After serving as an assistant coach her first three years at Binghamton, Johnson was named the recruiting coordinator in 2008 and the associate head coach in 2011.

During Johnson’s time with the program, Binghamton advanced to the America East semifinals five times. In addition, the Bearcats’ 19 wins during the 2010-11 campaign tied its highest victory total since they moved up to the NCAA Division I level in 2001.

“I have really enjoyed being a part of the Binghamton program,” Johnson said. “It has been great to build the program to where it is today. They are heading in the right direction.”

On the recruiting trails, Johnson landed the eventual America East Rookie of the Year twice. Andrea Holmes earned the award in 2009 and Jasbriell Swain was tabbed two years later.

With Johnson’s department, assistant coach Sarah Cartmill will be elevated to the recruiting coordinator position.

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