Derrick Johnson
Derrick Johnson
Title: Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
Phone: 410-857-2574
Previous College: University of North Carolina '04

Johnson rejoins the Green Terror staff as defensive coordinator after previously serving as defensive backs coach in 2007. Since that time, he spent nine seasons as cornerbacks coach at Division I Towson. In addition to coordinating the defense, he will also coach the secondary at McDaniel.

He spent the 2018 season at St. John’s College High School, competing with a national schedule. His team was ranked third in the nation and he mentored a pair of All-American defensive backs.

Johnson helped mentor three All-Americans and two NFL draft picks in his nine seasons at nearby Towson. Between 2012 and 2015, Johnson unit helped anchor a defense that consistently ranked in the upper tier of the Colonial Athletic Association against the pass. In those four seasons, the defense recorded 36 interceptions and 154 pass breakups and held opponents to just over 200 yards per game passing.

Prior to his tenure at Towson, he was on the Green Terror staff, helping to mentor Travis Wenrich to honorable-mention all-conference honors in a season in which the defensive back picked off five passes to rank second in the Centennial Conference.

Johnson entered the coaching ranks as an assistant coach at Riverside High School in North Carolina from 2004-06. In his final season, the Pirates made their first state championship game appearance and his defensive backs led the state with 27 interceptions. He was also track and field coach for two seasons.

Johnson was a four-year letterwinner at North Carolina, appearing in 48 games for the Tar Heels with eight starts. He was part of the 2001 defense that led the ACC in total defense and passes defended while rakning third in rush defense and scoring defense. North Carolina capped that season with a 16-10 win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

Johnson received an invite to Washington Redskins Rookie Camp. He played one season with the Raleigh Rebels of the American Indoor Football League.

He graduated from UNC in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in African-American history.

Johnson and his wife, Tiffanie, have one son, Dean.