NSA alum takes coaching job

Published 9:24 pm Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Thomas W. “T.W.” Johnson Jr. has been named the director of boys’ athletics and the varsity boys’ lacrosse coach at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.

Johnson comes to NSA from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., where he has served as head coach of men’s lacrosse since 2008.



A native of Chesapeake, he is a member of NSA’s Class of 1992 and a 1996 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history.


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Johnson was a three-year starting defenseman while at H-SC and served as team captain his senior year. In 1995, he led the Tigers to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship, earning the team an NCAA tournament berth.

In 1998, he earned a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from Lynchburg College.

Johnson served as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Lynchburg College for five years, helping the Hornets earn their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999. He left Lynchburg to serve for three seasons as the head coach at Limestone College. During his tenure with the Limestone Saints, Johnson posted a 41-7 record, including a perfect 19-0 in Deep South Conference play and 9-0 in the Deep South Tournament.

Johnson led Limestone to three consecutive conference championships and three NCAA Division II Championship games, capturing the 2002 title.

Johnson joined Hobart in 2004 as assistant men’s lacrosse coach and was promoted to head coach in 2008.

Johnson guided the Statesmen into the top 10 nationally in man-down defense twice during the past four years. The 2008 defense also set a Hobart Division I record by allowing just 7.71 goals per game, 15th in the nation.

His work with the defense helped the development of two All-ECAC selections, two North-South All-Stars and an All-American. His influence on the Statesmen was reflected in the 18 ECAC All-Academic selections, nine All-ECAC picks, six North-South All-Stars, two United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Americans and two USILA Academic All-Americans earned by his student-athletes over these seasons.

At the end of the 2012 and 2013 seasons, several Hobart Statesmen were ranked among the nation’s statistical leaders.

Johnson served as a head coach in the 2011 USILA North-South All-Star Game. He was named the 2004 Division II Coach of the Year and has mentored 22 All-Deep South selections, including three straight Deep South Players of the Year. Johnson also coached 16 USILA All-Americans, including two Division II Players of the Year.

“The time I spent as a student at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy made a lasting impact on my life — in my interest in lacrosse, my education and my lifelong friends,” Johnson said. “To return home to my community and be able to serve NSA is an honor. I appreciate being afforded this opportunity.”

Johnson, who is married with two daughters, will begin his duties at NSA in July.