Grambling State Univ. - Volleyball



Demetria Keys-Johnson is entering her seventh season as the head women’s volleyball coach. A former assistant coach at Grambling from 2004-2009, Johnson took over the program in 2010.

Coach Johnson knows and has experienced what it feels like to play and win in the SWAC. As a former player at Grambling, Johnson was part of the back to back to back championship teams back in the 90’s (‘95, ‘96, and ‘97). She also had the experience of coaching some the best athletes in SWAC. As an assistant with the Lady Tigers in the early 2000’s, she helped lead Grambling to two (04’ and ’05) runners-up finishes in the SWAC Volleyball Tournament.

She started her career in coaching while in high school in 1991 and has being coaching ever since. Since then, Johnson has had much success with her players athletically and academically. All of her former player have graduated and her working mainly in the fields of nursing or education; with 75% of them coaching.  She loves the challenge of “making players better- teaching them with mental toughness and confidence they can take their skills to the next level”.

Coach Johnson continues to strive for excellence both academically and athletically with all her young ladies. She is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. During the summer months, Coach Johnson serves as a volleyball camp clinician. Coach Johnson is also a Mental Health professional and has served in this role for over 20 years.

Johnson was born in raised in Detroit, Michigan by her parents Mary and Charles Keys. She is the wife of Donald Johnson and they have two handsome sons together DeKetric and Donald.