Johnson University Intramural basketball season kicks off strong with guidance from coach Underwood

Ken Underwood, athletic director and head soccer coach at Johnson University is in his eighth year of full-time work.

He joined Johnson in 2006 as a part-time coach for men’s soccer. He oversees the entire Intramural program.

He is originally from East Charlotte, NC, where he lived for his entire childhood.

When he joined the Johnson community he came to help with the soccer program, but eventually ended up falling in love with the passion of the school.

“I wanted to do something different, and I loved the guys on the team, so I felt called to stay here,” he said.

Underwood helps with a variety of activities at the school that may go unnoticed. His role goes beyond being a coach or the head of the sports program. He mentors kids to help them see the importance of teamwork and having a great attitude.

He enjoys helping with the overall image of the sports program at Johnson  and that also includes Intramurals.

“Intramurals are a way to get people active and is a key tool to getting to know new people,” Underwood said. “Intramurals are just a funnel of what daily life after school will consist of in teamwork, self-control and how to deal with pressure situations.”

Student athletes get a better education than non-athletes due to those skills they acquire through the rigorous obstacles they have to go through, according to Underwood.