Matt JohnsonAmerican International College (AIC) has chosen Matthew Johnson as the new Athletic Director effective July 1. The appointment was announced recently by AIC President Vince Maniaci.

Johnson has been at AIC since 2005 as the assistant athletic director and head women's soccer coach and was promoted to associate athletic director in 2011. He will take over for Richard Bedard, executive vice president for athletics, who announced his retirement earlier in the school year.

During Johnson's time at the college he has rebuilt the Yellow Jackets program, transforming the women's soccer team into a national championship contender. He has chaired the Northeast-10 women's soccer committee since 2009 and chaired the Northeast-10's Committee on Sports Administration since the beginning of the 2013 academic year.

A native of Holyoke, Mass., Johnson played soccer at Merrimack College, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in finance before going on to earn a master of physical education degree in athletic administration from Springfield College.

He was selected from among a strong pool of high quality candidates for his athletic administration skills, success in the area of recruitment and retention of quality student-athletes, his vast experience with NCAA Division I and II collegiate athletics and knowledge relating to issues of compliance.

In his new role as athletic director, Johnson will focus on the future growth of athletics within the college while maintaining the school's mission.