Terry Johnson


position Assistant Coach

Terry Johnson is in his fourth season as an assistant coach, joining the Buckeye staff in June 2017 after spending 10 seasons as an assistant coach at Butler.

In three years at Ohio State, Johnson has helped the Buckeyes exceed all expectations, building an overall record of 66-34. The Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Second Round in each of the two seasons when the event was contested (2018, 2019). Ohio State finished the 2018 season with a 25-9 overall record. The Buckeyes recorded a 15-3 Big Ten Conference regular-season record to help the Buckeyes to a second-place finish in the league standings.

Heading into the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, which, along with the 2020 NCAA Tournament was cancelled, the Buckeyes built an overall record of 21-10 with a league mark of 11-9, good enough for a tie for the No 5 spot in the league standings. The Big Ten was considered the best league nationally and the toughest top-to-bottom in perhaps the history of the league in 2020.

In 2018-19, the Buckeyes again won 20 games (20-15). Ohio State advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament and was selected to play in the 2019 NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, where the Buckeyes defeated Iowa State in Round One and fell to Houston in Second Round play.

In 10 seasons as an assistant at Butler, Johnson helped the Bulldogs to eight NCAA Tournaments, including consecutive Final Fours in 2010 and 2011, four regular-season conference championships and three conference tournament titles. The Bulldogs ranked in the Top 25 nationally eight times in those 10 seasons, had seven players garner Academic All-America honors and sent two players to the NBA. In 2015, Johnson was invited to the Villa 7 Consortium, which brings together university athletics directors and the country’s elite assistant coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.

Prior to assisting at Butler, Johnson spent the 2006-07 campaign as an assistant on Dane Fife’s staff at IPFW and served as director of basketball operations at Butler from 2004-06. Johnson also served in an administrative capacity at Auburn in 2003-04 and had stops as an assistant coach at Lincoln Trail Junior College, Indiana Tech and IPFW.

Johnson played both basketball and baseball at Lincoln Trail from 1992-94, where he was named all-conference in both sports and was named an honorable mention All-American in basketball. From there, he went to Lamar University and again played both sports from 1994-96, leading the basketball team in assists and steals two years in a row. Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree from IPFW in 1998, earning all-conference, team MVP and Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors while playing baseball for the Mastodons. Johnson went on to play baseball professionally for the Tri-City Posse of the Western League for two years and the Anderson Lawmen of the Heartland League for another season. In addition, Johnson earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Western Kentucky in 2011.

Johnson and his wife, Kristen, are parents of three boys, twins Jalen and Jordan, and Caden.

2017-present – Ohio State, Assistant Coach
2007-17 – Butler University, Assistant Coach
2006-07 – IPFW, Assistant Coach
2004-06 – Butler University, Director of Basketball Operations
2003-04 – Auburn, Administrative Position
2001-03 – Lincoln Trail Junior College, Assistant Coach
1999-2001 – Indiana Tech, Assistant Coach
1997-99 – IPFW, Assistant Coach