Hired to Lead the Lady Braves Softball Team
University of North Carolina at Pembroke has announced the hiring of
Steve Johnson as the next softball coach for the Lady Braves. Johnson
will also teach in the Health and Physical Education department.
"I am thrilled
for our student-athletes that we were able to attract a young, enthusiastic,
and vibrant coach," said UNCP Director of Athletics Dan Kenney.
"Steve has a proven track record on the scholastic and collegiate
level, and his excellent communication skills and recruiting abilities
fulfill the two major objectives of our search."
Johnson has served as an assistant coach/graduate assistant for South
Dakota State University's softball program for the past two seasons
helping with recruiting, scouting, and coaching for all position groups.
While at SDSU, Johnson earned a Master of Science in Heath, Physical
Education and Recreation with an emphasis in Athletic Administration.
Prior to joining
the Jackrabbits coaching staff, Johnson was the Head Varsity Softball
Coach at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, compiling a 114-100-1
overall record in four seasons. In 1998, Johnson led his team to the
Regional Finals, while in 1999 Kennedy High School won the Regional
Finals and advanced to the State Tournament under Johnson's direction.
Johnson also gained
experience during college as a student assistant coach at Wartburg College.
For two seasons he developed and coordinated the off-season strength
program. Johnson graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts.
"I am really
excited about this opportunity. The University is providing a lot of
resources for this program, and the players are hungry and want to work
hard to win," said Steve Johnson. "We plan on raising the
bar for the softball program. There is going to be a new level of excitement
and energy on the field. The Peach Belt is one of the premier softball
conferences in the country, and we look forward to competing for that
Johnson, a native
of West Des Moines, Iowa, is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches
Association. He is married to the former Rebecca Waldow, who has a music
therapy/music education degree and works as a music therapist in the
Minneapolis area. The couple plans on relocating to Robeson County.
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