For Immediate Release: July 18, 2005
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Bernitha Johnson hired as Binghamton women's basketball assistant coach

VESTAL, N.Y.--Bernitha Johnson has been hired as an assistant coach on the Binghamton women's basketball team. She arrives from the University of Tennessee, where she was involved with one of the top women's basketball programs in the nation the past three seasons.

As the Lady Vols’ manager the past three seasons, Johnson worked closely with the coaching staff in breaking down the game film and in running practice drills. During her career with the Tennessee program, the squad went to the NCAA championship game in 2003 and 2004.

"We are very excited to have Bernitha join our staff," head coach Rich Conover said. "She comes from a very successful program and is very smart and organized. She will add a lot to our program."

Johnson has extensive coaching experience as well. She was the assistant coach for the Pilot Comets, an AAU team that advanced to the 2004 National Tournament in Orlando, Florida. During the past year, she also conducted many individual workouts with high school players. In addition, Johnson was a volunteer assistant coach with Kearns High School (located in Knoxville, Tennessee) when it advanced to the Tennessee State Regional Championship in 2004. The previous spring, Johnson coached a spring league boys basketball team for the 12-13 age group.

In the summer of 2004, Johnson interned with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. She helped the coaching staff with both practices and film breakdown.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me," Johnson said. "Binghamton is a young, up-and-coming program that has come a long way (since moving to the Division I level) and I hope to bring a lot of the things I learned (at Tennessee) to this squad."

This past May, Johnson graduated from Tennessee with a degree in sport management and a minor in business.


Binghamton University--Bernitha Johnson named assistant women's basketball coach.

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