Associate Head Coach, Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
NCAA Division I
In his short coaching career, Michael Johnson has had the opportunity to learn from two of the sport's top coaches, Jim McLaughlin at the University of Washington and Jon Stevenson at Cal Poly.
Johnson began his career as an assistant coach at Washington in 2004, where he helped the team win the Pac-10 Conference championship and reach the NCAA Tournament national semifinals for the first time in program history.
He then moved to Cal Poly in 2006 and was instrumental in helping the team capture the program's first Big West Championships in 2006 and 2007.
Because of multiple factors, Johnson believes coaching volleyball is his perfect career choice.
"I have a great passion for the game of volleyball, and a strong desire to teach," he said. "Coupled with my generally competitive nature, it's a perfect career for me."
One of Johnson's major coaching strengths is as a recruiting coordinator, a position he's held at both schools. Since arriving at Cal Poly, he helped the Mustangs achieve a No. 23 ranking by prepvolleyball.com for its 2007 class, and a No. 21 ranking for its 2008 class. The 2007 class included Dominique Olowolafe, a Big West Conference All-Freshmen team selection, while this year's class included Lauren Law, the nation's top-rated high school libero.
Ultimately, Johnson would like to follow in the footsteps of the two coaches he's worked with in his career.
"I would one day like to run my own program in the fashion that would bring pride to my superior mentors," he concludes.