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2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight: Donta Johnson (’98, G’00)

Donta Johnson Springfield, Mass. - October 22, 2013 - Donta Johnson (’98, G’00) is one of six inductees who will be enshrined into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 26. The 2013 hall of fame class will be inducted at the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner at 7:30 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities.

Busy is an understatement when describing the life of Donta V. Johnson. From an illustrious basketball career after graduating from Springfield College to a passion for the game that he turned in to a career, it seems as though Johnson never stops. And, that may be true.

Springfield College was a launching pad for the New York native. A four-year starter on the men’s basketball team and a captain in his senior and junior years, Johnson was regarded as one of the top point guards in the country by former Springfield College men’s basketball coach, Mike Theulen. He was a member of the 1997-98 National Association of Basketball Coaches Northeast All-District 1 Team and the 1998 Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Division III All-Star First Team. While at Springfield College, Johnson also served as a resident assistant and then resident director.

Following an impressive career as a student-athlete, Johnson went on to play for the Connecticut Pride and Springfield Slamm. Not long after earning a master’s degree, he became the area coordinator for residence life at the University of Hartford. His career continued in academics as he took on the role of assistant director of residence life at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2001, where he served on numerous committees including the NCAA Governance and Compliance Committee, and was named Advisor of the Year in 2002. After his time at FDU, Johnson became the assistant director of community standards at the University of Connecticut, a position he held until 2011.

Following his career in student affairs, Johnson turned his love of the game into a full-time job when he founded Drive4Stardum. The organization is designed to provide basketball players an opportunity to hone their skills, and has grown to include group sessions, team clinics, summer camps, and an Amateur Athletic Union program. In addition, Johnson’s training in athletic counseling gives him the unique opportunity to support student-athletes through the college recruitment process.

Other 2013 inductees include Kevin Cahill (’01, G’04), Howie Davis, Sherren Granese (’83), Tony Hall (’77), and Bob Pataky (’57, G’69).

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