University of North Alabama ’98
11th Season at JSU
JSU Record: 335-224 (.599)
Overall Record: 335-224 (.599)
Head Coach Omar Johnson enters his 11th season as the Jackson State Tigers head coach. In his ten year tenure at Jackson State, Johnson has posted nine 30 win seasons, four consecutive (from 2006-07 to 2009-10), averaging 34 wins a season.
Johnson captured his first Southwestern Athletic Conference title in 2013. That season the Tigers went 4-0 in the conference tournament. The Tigers repeated the feat during the 2014 season, going 4-0 in the league tournament to capture their second straight conference crown. During the 2014 NCAA Tournament, JSU knocked off the No. 1 ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns – in a 1-0 decision – to mark the program’s first NCAA postseason win and the program’s first victory over a top-ranked NCAA team.
Johnson led the Tigers to three straight 30 win season (2011-12 to present). In his first season at the helm of the Tigers program (2006-07), Johnson posted a 33-23 record. The following season, 2007-08, his Tigers recorded the most victories during his tenure as head coach – 37.
During the 2009 season, Johnson became the first JSU baseball coach to reach the 100-win plateau within his first three years. Johnson joined former JSU head coach and former Athletics Director, Robert “Bob” Braddy as the only baseball coaches to surpass 100 victories at Jackson State. In 2012, he led the Tigers to six consecutive winning seasons as his team posted a 34-17 overall record and the SWAC Eastern Division title. During Johnson’s tenure at Jackson State University, he has helped the team achieve national recognition. Jackson State University Baseball team honors include:
• 1st in the nation in stolen base and finished 15th in triples 2003
• 1st in the nation in stolen base and finished 23rd in batting averages 2004
• 1st in the nation in runs scored, 2nd in the nation in stolen base and finished 2nd in batting averages 2005
• 1st in the nation in batting average and 1st in runs scored 2006
Prior to coaching at Jackson State, Johnson worked at the University of North Alabama for four years. During his tenure at North Alabama, Johnson won two Gulf South Conference Championships, participated in two NCAA Regional Championships, one NCAA World Series and the NBC World Series. During his tenure at the University of North Alabama, Johnson helped lead UNA to a 40-15-1 record, Gulf South Conference title, and a NCAA tournament appearance in 1997. In 1998 UNA was 38-12 and followed with a 45-12 record, Gulf South Conference title, NCAA South Central Regional title and a NCAA World Series appearance in 1999. During the 2000 season, Johnson assisted in leading UNA to a 36-16-1 record for a combined 159-55-2 record over four seasons. Johnson helped lead UNA to several school records including:
• Best Batting Average: .363 in 1998
• Most Runs Scored Per Game: 9.86 in 1998
• Most Home Runs: 63 in 57 games, 1999
• Most Extra Base Hits: 217 in 57 games, 1999
• Most Hits: 625 in 57 games, 1999
• Most Wins At Home: 32 in 1999
• Best Fielding Percentage: .961 in 2000
Johnson has worked numerous camps for various institutions and organizations. Johnson served as Head coach for the Cotton State Collegiate Summer League (2002, 2003 and 2005). In 2003 and 2005 Johnson’s team won the league championship. He traveled to Germany in the summer of 2004 serving as a coach with Major League Baseball’s Envoy program. The Envoy Program sends baseball coaches to teach the fundamentals of the game to players and coaches in countries throughout the world. In 2008-2010, Johnson served on the German national team coaching staff competing in the World Baseball Challenge, World Cup, and European baseball championship where he received a bronze medal, the first time the German national team placed in 35 years of international competition. Johnson has had the privilege of coaching numerous players that have gone on to play professional baseball. They include: Chris Fears; KC Royals, Joey Gillikin; Chicago White Sox, Anthony Pearson; Washington National, Mike Goss; Boston Red Sox, B.J. Lange; Arizona Diamond Backs Anthony Johnson; Washington Nationals, Carl Lipsey; Boston Red Sox, Joauquin Rodriguez; NY Mets, James Sims; Colorodo Rockies, Pernell Halliman; Kansas City Royals, Charles Epperson; Tampa Bay Rays, and current MLB player Josh Willingham; Minnesota Twins.
Johnson is a graduate of the University of North Alabama. His athletic achievements include playing in the Florida Junior College all-star game and for the University of North Alabama. Johnson also participated in the NCAA regional 1995, the Gulf South Conference Championship 1995, and the NBC World Series 1995 & 1996.