(Release: June 6, 2013) - Bernard Anthony Johnson has been named director of athletics, physical education, and leisure studies at Hagerstown Community College.
“Bernard’s depth and breadth of experience in higher education athletics and his leadership skills will be a huge asset to the athletic program at HCC,” said HCC President Guy Altieri. “His professionalism, maturity, interpersonal skills, and enthusiasm for helping student athletes succeed were highly evident to the search committee and other staff and faculty who met him during his recent visit to campus. The college is indeed fortunate that he accepted the offer.”
For the past 10 years, Johnson has served as the athletic director and associate head men’s basketball coach at Passaic County Community College in northern N.J., where, among other things, he was successful in initiating strategic planning in the athletic department and increasing the graduation and retention rates of student athletes. Prior to that, he served the athletic director and head men’s basketball coach at Florida Memorial College in Miami. He holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Howard University.
“I am excited to join the Hagerstown Community College family and look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues across the HCC campus,” Johnson said. “I will be employing Bernard A. Johnson’s SPORT approach: Success-mindedness, Pro-active, Organization, Resourcefulness, and Team-Orientation. Go Hawks!”
As the new athletic director, Johnson is responsible for providing leadership and oversight to HCC’s 14 intercollegiate athletic teams, as well as credit and non-credit physical education and leisure studies academic programs. He will be required to work closely with the staff of the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center (ARCC), faculty and staff across campus, the HCC Foundation and its Athletic Scholarship and Booster Support Committee, the coaching staff, the Hawk Booster Club Leadership Group, ARCC volunteers, the Washington County Recreation Department, and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Johnson will begin his duties at HCC in July and will replace Robert “Bo” Myers who is retiring at the end of June.