Volleyball promotes Johnson to associate head coach
Aug. 5, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott has promoted Longhorns assistant Tonya Johnson to associate head coach, a position she will assume after spending her first five seasons on the Forty Acres as an assistant on Elliott's staff.
"Tonya is one of the top assistant coaches in the country and we are very fortunate to have her in our program," Elliott said. "She works hard, is very loyal and she is very well respected in the volleyball community."
The 2008 season marks Johnson's sixth season at Texas, working with the team's outside hitters and as the Horns' recruiting coordinator.
"Our incredible staff of Tonya and coach Brian Hosfeld make my life a lot easier and the combination of those two is incredible," Elliott added. "Tonya is a great recruiter, a good communicator and she is an excellent role model for our players."
Johnson helped lead Texas' 2006 and 2007 squads to back-to-back NCAA Regional Finals appearances and a pair of top 10 finishes. The Longhorns' 2007 squad earned its first Big 12 Championship since 1997 and registered a 27-4 mark.
She helped outside hitter Juliann Faucette and opposite hitter Ashley Engle to consecutive Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year honors, while Faucette notched National Freshman of the Year honors in 2007. Johnson also coached Faucette and outside hitter Destinee Hooker to All-America honors in 2007 and helped Engle and Hooker nab All-America honors in 2006.
As the team's recruiting coordinator, Johnson has helped Elliott land the second-ranked recruiting class in the country in each of the past three seasons (2006-08).