DAVIDSON – Ron Johnson is returning to Davidson Day, the school announced Monday.

Johnson will serve as athletic director and boys basketball coach at the private school where he was basketball coach and dean of students from 2009 to 2012.

Johnson will begin at Davidson Day in July.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve as athletic director at this point in the life of Davidson Day School,” Johnson said in a statement. “The Patriot athletic program has a great deal of potential, and I look forward to identifying how to energize it. It is my life’s work to help students challenge and grow themselves as athletes and as students, and a side benefit is the chance to reconnect with the special Davidson Day community.”

Johnson is currently finishing his fifth year as athletic director, dean of students and basketball coach at The Burlington School. His 2016-17 team went 31-0 and won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A state championship, the program’s second in three seasons. He’s led the basketball program to a 141-11 record.

Johnson has also worked at the collegiate level, serving on the basketball coaching staffs at Georgia (2008-09) and Marist (2012-13). He was athletic director and basketball coach at Cannon School from 2004 to 2008.

“We are thrilled that Ron Johnson will rejoin the Davidson Day family,” said head of school Latta Baucom. “Ron brings a wealth of experience as an administrative leader and athletic coach in independent schools.”

Johnson steps in for former athletic director Matt Neville, who led the Patriots for seven years. Jeff Coble led the basketball program the last four years.

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