BREAKING: Former Memphis assistant coach Jermaine Johnson is rejoining the men’s basketball staff, multiple sources tell the Tiger Blueprint.
Sources could not confirm his exact role with the program, although Johnson told those close around him that he would be leaving the Southwest Tennessee CC program and rejoining the Memphis Men’s Basketball program in some capacity.
Johnson previously coached at Memphis during the 2020-21 season, where the Tigers went 20-8 and won the NIT championship. He was listed as an assistant, although his role was mainly as a player development coach. Additionally, he helped take care of the administrative responsibilities of the players.
Following the season, Johnson wasn’t retained as an assistant coach. However, during the 2021-22 season, Johnson rejoined the team and remained with the team for another season. He wasn’t retained after the 2022-23 season.
Johnson brings loads of Division 1 experience with coaching stops at UT Martin, Troy, and Georgia Southern. He also coached at Melrose High School from 2007-13.
Here’s an interesting note: Johnson rejoined the Memphis program during the 2021-22 season in January where Memphis found themselves 10-8. The Tigers found instant success and finished the season 22-11 advancing to the Round of 32 in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
Today, Memphis is 15-6 and on a 4-game losing streak, so maybe they can turn it around like they did the last time Jermaine Johnson joined the staff.