UJ AD Sean Johnson announces resignation effective March 31
Johnson is leaving the position after being at UJ since 2015 for the same position at the Newberry College, in Newberry, South Carolina.
University of Jamestown Athletic Director Sean Johnson has resigned from his position, effective March 31, 2022, in order to take the job at NCAA Division II Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.
Johnson is in the midst of his seventh year at the helm of the Jimmies program after being hired in June of 2015. The University of Jamestown has yet to name a replacement for Johnson.
Johnson will be replacing the Wolves’ current Athletic Director Ralph Patterson, who is set to retire.
Patterson announced his retirement in early September which opened the door for Johnson to look into the position. After giving the position a cursory glance at that point, Johnson put it to the back of his mind to focus on UJ before revisiting it on a family vacation ahead of Christmas.
"I went down there to interview three weeks ago, my wife came with me," Johnson said. "We really loved it, loved the people, loved the location and it reminded me so much of the job that I have here."
Johnson said that the time to move on was right for him and his family.
“Myself and my family, we’re in a different stage of our lives now than we were when we first got here,” Johnson said. “So this is a great opportunity for me professionally and it’s a good opportunity for our entire family and it’s just something we couldn’t pass up. ... I’ve loved everything about being in Jamestown, not unhappy here, definitely happy here but at this stage in our lives this is a really good move for myself and our family.”
Under Johnson, the Jimmies athletics department has opened a new $11.5 million football stadium, and the department has compiled a 1,264-803-33 record and 250 top-five team finishes as of this writing. He has also seen the introduction of six new teams to the campus.
One of the things that Johnson said he was most proud of, though, is the accomplishments of the student-athletes in the classroom.
“Moving to the GPAC and all the academic and athletic achievements of our student athletes, coaches and teams,” Johnson said. “As well as the facility improvements.”
Johnson is ready for the challenge of the move from the NAIA level to the NCAA level as a result of working at the level prior to coming to UJ, spending time at Angelo State University, the University of North Dakota and New Mexico State.
“I worked in the NCAA my entire career before I came here,” Johnson said. “Obviously, things have changed over the last seven years so there will be some learning to do. I think the bigger thing is just understanding and making sure I understand the culture at Newberry which I think is very similar to the culture at Jamestown. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be interested. But there are always nuances to any position you get so I think just immersing myself to what is happening at Newberry College and doing a lot of listening. Before you take steps forward, you need to make sure and understand what things are about and how people are feeling and what their priorities are before you put any kind of plan together.”