Junior Tournament, held in conjunction with Art Shell UMES Celebrity Classic is June 11-12.
By: David Whigham
By: David Whigham
Three Hawk athletic teams involved in the season of giving
Jamila Johnson enters her second season as the head of the men's golf program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
In her second season, the team of all sophomores and freshmen improved nearly 12 strokes per round from last year. The squad saw Michael Veverka, Gregory Raad, Kijontray McClay, Christopher Toney and Sedrick Bailey all improve their average round score. In addition, the team was honored by the NCAA for academic excellence, placing in the top-10 percent of all men's gold teams in Academic Progress Rate, finishing with a perfect 1000 score. The team earned the highest cumulative GPA of all men's teams at UMES in the 2011-12 season.
The first woman to coach men's golf at the school, Johnson, named head coach in 2009, led a team of all freshmen for the relaunch of the program, the first season since 1961. Going against teams with stronger experience, UMES saw success in their first season. By the end of the year, the Hawks as a team improved 131 strokes from their first to their last three-day tournament and 38 strokes in two-day competition. Three student-athletes, Raad, Paul Cecil and Veverka, averaged 82.1 strokes or fewer their first season.
Johnson is a former player at Jackson State University where her team captured three Southwestern Athletic (SWAC) Conference Championships and was a two-time All-Conference selection. Johnson was a four-year starter on the program a three-time captain and earned the "Lifetime Captain" award upon graduation.
She has been involved in the golf academy for 28 years, received numerous golfing awards, is a recipient of the Golf Digest Junior Instructional School Scholarship, a two-time Detroit Public Schools Athletic League Champion, is three-time Co-ed All-City a Co-ed City Medalist and has over 100 trophies and awards from various tournaments. She is also a Hollywood Golf Lifetime Instructor.
Johnson will come on-board not only as the Head Men's Golf Coach but as an Academic Services Coordinator for the UMES Golf Academy, overseeing the academic progress of the students in the program and helping to recruit new students into the curriculum.
In 2007 she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications from American Intercontinental University and earned a degree in computer science from Jackson State University in May 1998.