Darrel Johnson

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Darrel Johnson
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1959-02-21)February 21, 1959
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1985 Oklahoma State (assistant)
1985–1990 Oklahoma Baptist
1990–1992 Oklahoma City
1992–1994 Baylor
Head coaching record
Overall 183–101

Darrel Johnson (born February 21, 1959) is a former college basketball coach. He was head coach of the Baylor Bears team from 1992 to 1994. He was previously head coach at Oklahoma Baptist University from 1985 to 1990 and at Oklahoma City University from 1990 to 1992. After being fired in a scandal over violation of NCAA rules, he became a scout for the Charlotte Bobcats and basketball coach and director of athletics at The Woodlands Christian Academy.

Johnson attended Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[1] He played professional basketball in Europe for a year and then worked as a high school basketball coach at Putnam City North and Ada. From 1982 to 1985 he was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University. He was head coach at Oklahoma Baptist University from 1985 to 1990.[2]

He was head basketball coach at Oklahoma City University from 1990 to 1992. The team had a 73–3 record and won the NAIA Men's Basketball Championship both years. He was known for a fast-paced style of play.[2][3]

Johnson was head coach of men's basketball at Baylor from May 1992 to November 1994, when he was dismissed because of accusations of violations of NCAA regulations in the program. Johnson was cleared of all charges,[4][5] but Baylor sued him in November 1995 for damages. That lawsuit was withdrawn in February 1996 after Johnson accepted responsibility for "improprieties" in the program while he was head coach.[6]

Beginning in the early 2000s, Johnson worked for the Charlotte Bobcats as a personnel staffer and scout. In 2005–09 he was head boys' basketball coach at The Woodlands Christian Academy, near Houston, also becoming athletic director in 2007;[7] his record there was 109-16, and the school won the district title all four years and went to the state final four three times, winning the State Title in 2008 and 2009. [8] After retiring from The Woodlands, he moved to Edmond, Oklahoma.[9]


  1. ^ Colon, Bob (November 19, 1994). "Darrel Johnson Is Class Guy Here's Hoping Ex-OCU Coach Is Found Innocent". The Oklahoman. 
  2. ^ a b "College basketball". The Tuscaloosa News. AP. May 13, 1992. p. 4B. 
  3. ^ "New BU basketball coach has lofty goals for Bears". The Victoria Advocate. AP. May 13, 1992. p. 3B. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Baylor basketball coach acquitted". Kentucky New Era. AP. April 6, 1995. p. 2C. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Baylor basketball assistants set to take the stand". Wilmington Morning Star. AP. July 6, 1995. p. 3C. 
  6. ^ Steinhauser, Evan (February 13, 1996). "Baylor withdraws Johnson lawsuit, coach accepts responsibility". The Lariat. Baylor University. Archived from the original on November 6, 2004. 
  7. ^ Creech, Jenny Dial (April 19, 2007). "High School Notebook: Basketball coach Johnson named Woodlands Christian Academy's AD". Houston Chronicle. 
  8. ^ Langley, Jay (March 2, 2009). "TWCA head coach stepping down". The Courier. Montgomery County, Texas. 
  9. ^ Evans, Murray (March 14, 2012). "OC's Johnson follows his father into NAIA tournament". Oklahoma Christian University.