Paul Johnson became an assistant football coach and
men’s tennis coach at Itawamba Junior College in 1972.
The former head of ICC’s Physical Education Department, Johnson has led the ICC men's team to 14 national tournament appearances, including the last 12 years. His men have either won or shared seven state championships and four Region 23 titles. In addition, Johnson has been named the MACJC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year seven times and has won the MACJC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year twice.
In the spring of 2009, his Indians finished
number 17 in the national tournament in Plano, Texas, where Coach
Johnson was inducted into the NJCAA Men’s Athletic Hall of
Fame. Before the 2008 NJCAA National Tournament, he received the
prestigious Herschel Stephens award, an annual national coaching
recognition for outstanding service and dedication to NJCAA tennis
which is voted on by the NJCAA Tennis Coaches
Coach Johnson was selected as the Mississippi Tennis Association Coach of the Year for 2008. This award was based on Johnson’s accomplishments during his first 33 years at ICC. He received his United States Professional Tennis Association's Certificate in 1995.
Coach Johnson's Lady Indians were state and regional runners-up six times and have earned seven trips to the national event in Tucson, Ariz.