Congratulations from Dr. Carter

Dr. Ronald L. Carter
President, Johnson C. Smith University

Dr. Ronald L. Carter (l) with Coach Joyner (r)
Dr. Ronald L. Carter (l) with Coach Joyner (r)
Dr. Carter and Coach Joyner after the Golden Bulls won the CIAA Championship.
The sport of basketball, like life, has highs and lows. Each year brings new challenges, new players to the court and the creative insecurity of not knowing exactly how the season will end. For the past 26 years, Stephen Joyner Sr. has been a constant inspiration while guiding and molding generations of students and coaches. They arrive with high hopes and, under his leadership, leave with a passion for learning, greater athletic ability, increased confidence and a higher appreciation for the value of teamwork.

His legacy as a JCSU basketball player and his legend as a coach have earned him the distinction of being inducted into the CIAA John B. McLendon Jr. Hall of Fame. This is a well-deserved recognition for a man who knows how to teach the game, coaches with passion and creates winners both on and off the basketball court. For those who are keeping a tally, Coach Joyner has the most wins of any active coach in the CIAA and is ranked in the top ten for career coaching victories in the conference.  

He has lived and breathed basketball most of his life, arriving at JCSU in 1969 as a star point guard for the Golden Bulls.  Since he began coaching here in1980, Coach Joyner has steadily transformed our basketball program into one of the CIAA's most competitive teams.  He continues to dream big, inspiring young men and women to achieve at their growing edge, on the court, in the classroom and in the community. 

Since Coach Joyner became the Director of Athletics in 2005, he has not settled for anything less than excellence in our athletics program. Our sports teams have achieved unparalleled success during his tenure including CIAA divisional championships, CIAA championships and NCAA post-season appearances. In addition to their success in sports, our student-athletes have exhibited intellectual rigor in classrooms and research laboratories. Nearly 200 student-athletes have received their undergraduate degrees, half have graduated with honors, and several have pursued graduate degrees while he has been the athletics director. The Class of 2010 Valedictorian and Salutatorian were student-athletes, and the Salutatorian has been student-athlete in three of the last four graduating classes.

A true leader is defined as one who inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. We at Johnson C. Smith University are proud of Coach Joyner and his lifetime of achievement as a leader, teacher, coach, mentor and man of high moral character.