Jason Johnson is the men’s head coach. Reginald Chapple is the women’s head coach.
Johnston Community College is pleased to announce its new head men's and women's basketball coaches.
Jason Johnson, 35, is the head men's basketball coach. A Fayetteville native, Johnson has seven years of men's basketball coaching experience as an assistant men's basketball coach at Methodist University. He has also coached high school football, middle school baseball, and worked numerous youth basketball camps.
He earned his bachelor's degree in political science with a concentration in public administration from Fayetteville State University.
Johnson said he's looking forward to building a men's basketball program that the college and Johnston County are proud of.
"I want to be a winner here and develop young men," Johnson said. "I want everybody in Johnston County to be able to identify with our program and have a certain ownership in our program.
"I see myself more as a teacher than a coach," he added. "I treat the gym as my classroom. I have the awesome opportunity to teach a lot of life lessons that young people don't get today."
Reginald Chapple, 34, is the head women's basketball coach. An Ohio native who recently moved to North Carolina from the greater Chicago area, Chapple has eight years of experience coaching women's college basketball.
Most recently, he was the former head women's basketball coach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He has also served as the head women's coach at Trinity Christian College and the University of Valley Forge. Prior to that, he was an assistant athletic director and assistant men's basketball coach at Lancaster Bible College.
Chapple has won several coaching awards including the NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year in 2010 and the NCCAA II National Coach of the Year in 2010.
Chapple earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Valley Forge Christian College. He also earned a master's degree in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University.
Chapple said he's excited about the opportunity to build the college's first women's basketball program at JCC.
"The opportunity to build a program from the beginning is very exciting," he said. "To be able to say I was the first coach in program history is something no one else can say. The foundation is being set. My goal is to lay a strong foundation and build upon it every single year."
Chapple said he emphasizes teamwork and leads by example. "My vision is to build a program that is known for its excellence both on and off the court and that helps student athletes succeed in all aspects of life."
Both coaches are aggressively recruiting for the 2016-17 season. All home games will be played at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center (SRAC).
The first home men's game is at 7 p.m. Nov. 2. against Lenior Community College. The first women's home game will tip at 5 p.m. Nov. 3.
For more information about men's basketball at JCC, please contact Johnson at email@example.com. For more information about women's basketball at JCC, please contact Chapple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cut line: Jason Johnson, top right, is the new head men's basketball coach. Reggie Chapple is JCC's first head women's basketball coach.