NJIT Names Mount St. Mary's Assistant Johnson as First Coach
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Mount St. Mary's assistant coach Travis Johnson has been named the first head coach of men's lacrosse at New Jersey Institute of Technology, NJIT athletics director Lenny Kaplan announced Monday night.
Johnson, who will officially start his new post at NJIT in early January 2014, has been hired to coach the start-up program that is slated to begin play in 2015 as an NCAA Division I program.
He is a former player who has been coaching at the college level since the 1999-2000 academic year and most recently served as the first assistant, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator at Mount St. Mary's University, where he worked since 2010-11.
Prior to Mount St. Mary's, Johnson was an assistant coach in two stints at Penn State (2004-06 and 2008-2010) and also at Stony Brook (2006 to 2008). He began his coaching career as an undergraduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and continued Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ (2001-04).
He is a 2000 graduate of RIT, where he played lacrosse and was selected by the professional Rochester Knighthawks in the 2000 National Lacrosse League draft.
At NJIT, Johnson will be in charge of the program's 11th varsity men's team and the 19th total for NJIT.
NJIT, located in Newark, N.J., is set to be the 69th institution to field a Division I men's lacrosse team.
NJIT men's lacrosse will play its home games on campus on Lubetkin Field at Mal Simon Stadium, the longtime home of NJIT's men's and women's soccer teams. The on-campus field is lighted and has an artificial turf surface.