|Alma Mater:||Birmingham Southern|
Now in his seventh season as the head coach of the Richmond men’s tennis team, Ben Johnson has built quite a foundation for success with the Spiders.
Since taking over the reigns of the Spiders in 2010, Johnson has seen 15 of his student-athletes earn All-Atlantic 10 accolades, including nine first team honors, including in that is the 2013 Rookie of the Year Jacob Dunbar.
He has helped guide the Spiders to 75 wins in six years, including a program record 17 in 2014-15, when Richmond earned the top seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament. Johnson has seen the Spiders reach the Atlantic 10 semifinals in each of the past two seasons.
In addition to his coaching duties, Johnson is head of the Atlantic 10 men’s tennis coaches’ committee.
Prior to his time at Richmond, Johnson spent three seasons as the top assistant at Davidson. During his time with the Wildcats’, he was involved with every aspect of the program, including player development, recruiting budget management and scheduling.
As an assistant, Johnson helped land Davidson’s first and only top-75 ITA recruiting class, which was also ranked in the top-25 by tennisrecruiting.net, two feats that have never been repeated by the Wildcats.
Before arriving at Davidson, Johnson was the Co-Founder and Director of Birmingham's Elite Tennis Academy (BETA) in Birmingham, Ala. In addition, from 2004-2006 he also was the Co-Founder and Director of Junior Development at Revolution Tennis Academy, also located in Birmingham.
While at the academies, Johnson led eight players to a top-100 USTA ranking, with many of the talents earning scholarships in the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, Big South, Big East, Southern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Johnson was a four-year starter for nationally-ranked Saint Xavier High School. He was a four-year Kentucky High School Athletic Association state champion for the Tigers and was crowned Mr. Kentucky Tennis in 2000. He was also a nationally-ranked junior during his prep career.
Upon graduation, Johnson attended Birmingham-Southern, where he was a four-year letterwinner for the Panther tennis program. A three-year team captain, Johnson led the team in singles wins in 2001 and 2002 in addition to pacing the squad in doubles wins the following two seasons. He capped off his career with a designation to the Big South All-Academic team his senior season.
Johnson graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in history and secondary education.