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Providence Day announces new head coach for the varsity boys’ basketball team

Providence Day announces new head coach for the varsity boys’ basketball team

May 12, 2021 - Providence Day School’s Director of Athletics Nancy Beatty recently announced the hiring of Ron Johnson as the Chargers new head coach for the varsity boys’ basketball team. Johnson will also take on the responsibility of program head overseeing all the boys’ basketball teams including middle school and junior varsity.

A native of Somerset, New Jersey, Johnson is currently in his third year as the Athletic Director and Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Davidson Day School in Davidson, NC. This is his second stint at Davidson Day, as he was the Dean of Students and Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach there from 2009-2012. In 2019-20, He led the Patriots to the NCISAA Class 2A State Championship completing the season with a 30-1 record. This past season, the young Patriots finished 21-3 losing in the second round of the playoffs.

Prior to Davidson Day, Johnson spent five years as the Dean of Students, Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach at The Burlington School in Burlington, NC. As a coach at TBS, his 2016-17 boys’ basketball team captured the NCISAA Class 1A State Championship with a 31-0 record. It was his second State Championship at TBS, as he led the Spartans to the 2014-15 State Championship with a record of 31-1.

Johnson is quite familiar with the CISAA conference. He was the Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Cannon School in Concord, N.C. from 2004 – 2008. At Cannon, he led the Cougars to an overall record of 98-27, won three consecutive conference titles, advanced to three State Final Fours, and captured the 2006 NCISAA Class 2A State Championship. 

Ron Johnson started his basketball coaching career at two high schools in Florida. In 1994 he coached at Central Catholic High School in Melbourne (1994-97) and in 1998 he moved to The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach (1998- 2003). While at Benjamin, he was named Palm Beach County Coach of the Year three times and was named State of Florida Coach of the Year in 2001 when his Benjamin team captured the State of Florida Class 2A State title.

Included in his resume are two stops at the college level. Johnson was an Assistant Basketball Coach and Program Coordinator at the University of Georgia in 2008-09 and in the 2012-13 school year, he was an Assistant Basketball Coach at Marist College in NY.

Overall, Johnson has compiled a record of 537-151 in twenty-three years as a head basketball coach. In addition, he has helped many of his players move on to compete at the collegiate level in Divisions I, II, and III.

Johnson is a 1989 graduate of Barry University in Miami, Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a minor in Business.

After an extensive search for a new coach to lead the Charger basketball program, Director of Athletics Nancy Beatty had this to say: “There were great coaches interested in this position and our school.  The most difficult task was narrowing down the best from the pool of candidates. The more I talked with Ron, the more I became convinced that he was our next leader for the boys’ basketball program at Providence Day School.  I am excited for our school, and I am confident Ron will continue to elevate the success of our Charger basketball program for many years.”

After accepting the position as Chargers’ new boys’ head basketball coach and program head, Johnson was asked his thoughts on his new position:  "To say that I'm excited to join the Providence Day School community would be an understatement. Whether it is academics, arts, or athletics, Providence Day is synonymous with excellence. I'm excited to have the opportunity to continue building on the foundation that Coach Field and his staff laid for over a decade. I'm confident that with committed, focused student-athletes, and a great deal of hard work, PDS Basketball will find its share of success."

Coach Johnson added: "In terms of scholastic athletics, the Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA) is, arguably, among the most competitive conferences in the country in a variety of sports. Regarding basketball, the coaches, players, and teams in the CISAA are high-level. It will be a tremendous challenge but one that we look forward to.

I certainly appreciate and thank Director of Athletics Nancy Beatty and Head of School Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw for their trust in me. Providence Day School is a special place. I look forward to meeting the rest of the Charger community. I'm anxious to get started."

Welcome Head Coach Ron Johnson!