University of Massachusetts Lowell, B.A.; Lowell, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Lowell, MBA; Lowell, MA
Subject Areas at Winch: Humanities,Head Coach - Girls Varsity Basketball
Niya Johnson’s experience as a Division 1 athlete made her ideal to join The Winchendon School’s Humanities Department and Athletic Department as an Assistant Coach for the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team. After just a year, it was clear that Niya was the person to lead the girls program, and she takes the reins as Head Coach for the 2023-2024 season.
Niya attended The University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she received her Bachelor’s in English and minored in marketing, before earning her Master’s in Business. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Niya was a National Honors Society member all four years of high school and a CHSAA Champion in her freshman season. But don’t let her accolades fool you – she loves to kick back and watch Master Chef and Master Chef Junior when she has a free moment.
- What inspires you? My Family
- Go-to comfort food? Homemade Brownies
- Song to start the day? Casio by Jungle
- What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? I love to cook, watch movies, and spend time with my family
In high school, Niya was recognized for over a 1,500-point basketball career, was a 2016 McDonald’s All-American nominee, named First Team All-Brooklyn in junior season, and Third Team All-Brooklyn in sophomore season.
A red-shirted player for several seasons, Niya took her love of basketball from the UMass Riverhawks to the Wapiti of The Winchendon School as an assistant coach for the AA NEPSAC Girls’ Basketball team.