July 22, 2010

Courtesy of Richmond Athletics

The University of Richmond announced Thursday morning the hiring of Ben Johnson as its new men's tennis coach. Johnson becomes a Spider after a four-year stint as the men's assistant tennis coach at Davidson College.

"We are extremely excited to add Ben Johnson to our coaching staff," said assistant athletic director LaRee Sugg. "His work ethic, enthusiasm for coaching and love of the game makes him a great fit to carry on the positive energy of our current team."

While at Davidson, Johnson was involved with every aspect of the Wilcats' tennis program. Johnson oversaw player development, budget management, student-athlete recruitment and match scheduling. Johnson secured a top-25 recruiting class for the Wildcats in 2009 and its first top-75 ITA Ranking in 2008.

"I am thrilled to join the Richmond Spider family as the head men's tennis coach," said Johnson. "I look forward to meeting the team and helping each one develop into the best student-athletes. I believe the program has been heading in the right direction and know it will continue on that path. From the brief conversation I have had with the team, we have great aspirations and goals. This is exciting from a coaches stand point that we, as a team, have a strong desire to reach our full potential with the proper attitude and effort."

Johnson inherits Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer in Sebastien Fauchet and All Conference second team selection Jesse Feder. Feder set a program record for singles victories with a 27-6 mark this past season. Richmond notched 12 wins this season, its most since 2005.

Prior to Davidson, Johnson was the Co-Founder and Director of Birmingham's Elite Tennis Academy (BETA) located in Birmingham, Ala. In addition, for two years from 2004-2006, he also was the Co-Founder and Director of Junior Development at Revolution Tennis Academy, which is also 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 the nationally-ranked Saint Xavier high school. He was a four-year Kentucky high school 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 was named to the Big South All-Academic team in 2004.

Johnson graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education.