Volleyball Practice Planning - Tonya Johnson, Univ. of Texasby Texas High School Coaches Association
Volleyball Practice Planning - Tonya Johnson, Univ. of Texas
In her return to Texas in 2014, Tonya Johnson picked up right where she left off in 2008 after a five-year stint as the head coach at Georgia Tech. In the first two years of her return, she helped lead the Longhorns to a NCAA Semifinal appearance in 2014 and a back-to-back NCAA Final appearance in 2015 and 2016. Prior to becoming the seventh head volleyball coach in Georgia Tech history on Jan. 9, 2009, Johnson spent six years at Texas where she helped lay the foundation of one of today’s perennial powerhouse programs. Johnson previously served in the same capacity at UT in 2008, following a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Texas under Elliott. During her time in Austin, she helped guide the Longhorns to the 2008 NCAA Final Four following back-to-back Regional Final appearances in 2006 and 2007.
In five seasons at Georgia Tech, Johnson compiled an overall record of 85-72 including a 50-50 mark in ACC play. She coached 10 All-ACC selections, including four-time All-America Monique Mead, and guided the Jackets to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2004.
Prior to her arrival at Texas in 2003, Johnson served as the top volleyball assistant at LSU from 1998-2003 under Fran Flory, and she was responsible for the majority of the Tigers' recruiting efforts. Johnson began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant under Flory at Kentucky in 1995. Johnson was a four-year letterman at LSU from 1987-90, helping the Tigers to Southeastern Conference titles in 1989 and 1990. She led her Tiger team to the NCAA Final Four her senior year after LSU advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1989. Prior to joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Johnson taught at Wellington Landings Middle School in Boca Raton, Fla., while serving as an assistant coach at Olympic Heights High School and coaching the Florida Gold Coast club team.