Name: Derrick Johnson
Team: Lindenwood Lions
Coach: Darren and Darrel Barnes
Weight class: 69kg
What year did you being lifting? 1996
How did you get involved? A friend of my older sister took me to Lift for Life Gym, a gym he use to lift at as a child.
Favorite Competition Lift? Snatch
Favorite Training Lift? Power Snatch
Education: Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Lindenwood University
Personal Goals: As a lifter to make the 2012 Olympics. As an Olympic weightlifting coach to produce Olympians and Champions to go along with building the largest team the United States has ever seen. Also another goal is to continuing to train professional athletes to the highest levels.
Favorite Food: No particular food, but I enjoy my Phormula-1 and Level-1 protein shakes.
Favorite Book: Lee Child's "Gone Tomorrow"
Favorite TV Show: Spartacus
Favorite song that gets you motivated: Motivation by Kelly Rowland
Hobbies/Interested outside of Weightlifting: Following national politics.
Most people don’t know that…. I was the youngest head coach of an International competition for USA Weightlifting, or that I was the first African American to be named as a head coach on an International trip for USA Weightlifting. Most people don't know that I am the only coach from the United States to have three members on the 2011 Senior World that are from 3 different countries. Or that I have trained MMA fighters in Olympic lifting that have gone on to win fights in the UFC , StrikeForce, and other promotions.