Donald Johnson, Jr. is in his first year on the Panthers' coaching staff. Johnson, a native of Columbus, Georgia, attended G.W. Carver High School where he was a standout quarterback and defensive back. He earned Honorable Mention All-State honors in football by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior defensive back. He was the Columbus Hall of Fame Club Defensive Player of the year as a senior. Johnson was selected to the Georgia vs. Florida All-Star football game by the Georgia High School Coaches Association. He also earned All-State honors in track and field competing in the long jump, finishing fourth place in the state finals.
Johnson earned a football scholarship to play at Auburn University, where he sustained a career-ending neck injury. Coach Johnson has a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from University of Phoenix.
Johnson coached at G.W. Carver, a perennial power house in Georgia. He was the quarterbacks coach for from 2005 to 2008 and was a part of three consecutive region championships. The 2007 team finished a perfect 15-0 in winning the Georgia Class AAA state title. He became the defensive backs coach at local Troup County High School. He helped lead Troup in 2012 to a runner-up finish in Region 6-AAA and advancing to the second round of the state playoffs. In 2013, Johnson was the offensive coordinator at Troup before taking the same position with Kendrick High School in 2016.
Johnson is married to the former Yolonda Sanders of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is the father of three children, Diamond, Donald III, and Destiny.