St. Aug's promotes assistant to head men's basketball coach
Posted July 1, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Saint Augustine’s University named MarQus Johnson as its head men’s basketball coach on Tuesday. Johnson, from Knightdale, has a long history of coaching success, including stints on the staff at NC Central, Shaw and with the semi-pro Cary Invasion.
Johnson has served two tours as a St. Aug's assistant: From 2008 to 2010 and again from 2012-2014. In between, he coached the Invasion to a 22-5 record over two seasons and the Continental Basketball League (CBL) regular season and tournament championships.
“He has been a faithful assistant under Coach [Lonnie] Blow twice and Coach [Tony] Sheals once,” said SAU Athletic Director George Williams. “I think it’s time to give him his due and see where he can take the program. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead.”
During his playing days, Johnson starred for East Wake High School and was a three-year captain for NCCU.
He holds the East Wake scoring title, with 1,577 career points, and led the Eagles to three CIAA division titles. He earned a bachelor's degree in recreational administration in 2000.
In accepting the promotion, Johnson said he'd emphasize winning on and off the court.
"Our goal will be to recruit young men who not only value the opportunity to play collegiate basketball but also have a sense of urgency in every aspect of winning. When I say winning, I mean on the court, in the community and, most importantly, in the classroom,” he said.