The squad has volunteered at many events to spread the holiday cheer
Members of the NC State Gymnastics team volunteered at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Stevenson named Coach of the Year, Johnson tabbed Assistant Coach of the year, and Leger named Administrator of the Year
NC State gymnastics has the talent to make 2012 its most successful season ever. Head coach Mark Stevenson clues GoPack.com in on what makes this squad so special.
Colleen Johnson enters her eighth season as a member of the NC State gymnastics coaching staff. Before returning for her second stint as an assistant coach with the Wolfpack in 2010, she was previously with NC State for five years from 2000-2004.
In 2012, Johnson guided the Pack to drastic improvements on beam, landing two gymnast on the All-EAGL First Team, three on the All-EAGL Second Team, and two on the EAGL First Team All-Tournament. Under Johnson, the Pack posted 29 scores of 9.8 or better, and notched a team-high of 49.275 on beam at the Sweetheart Invitational, a score bolstered by Panza's 9.9 on the event.
Johnson spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona, prior to her return to NC State in 2010. While at Arizona, Johnson was responsible for choreographing the floor exercise routines while coaching primarily the balance beam and assisting with all practice activities. Aside from coaching and choreography, Johnson was heavily involved in the marketing and promotions of the program, administrative duties, the team attire (leotards, warm-ups, public appearance attire, etc), and producing every piece of custom music for the team's floor routines.
In the 2007 season, Johnson was named South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year while at Arizona. Johnson's teams achieved three of the top four highest beam scores in school history during her time with the Wildcats. Three Arizona gymnasts (two in all-around, one on beam) made the NCAA Championships in 2007 after the team missed out on qualifying by a five hundredths of a point. Outside of the gym, Johnson's teams won the Athletic Director's Cup for Community Service each year she spent at Arizona.
During her previous time at NC State as an assistant coach (1999-2004), Johnson was named the 2003 Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. During her five seasons, Johnson coached balance beam and choreography for floor.
In her first season with the Pack, Johnson's team broke the school's beam record by earning a 49.525 at the Wolfpack Invitational, and won the EAGL. In 2002, Johnson guided NC State to another EAGL championship with an impressive 49.225 on beam. Eventually, Johnson's squad would match the beam record of 49.525 in 2004 against George Washington.
Prior to her first stint with NC State, Johnson served as coach and choreographer at various gymnastics clubs in Florida, Atlanta, and Vancouver. From 1995-96, she was the University of Florida's student coach, working primarily with the beam and floor routines.
As a gymnast, Johnson has collected many different accolades. She was a member of the Canadian National Gymnastics team from 1988 to 1991, including being a part of the bronze medal winning team at the 1991 Pan American games in Cuba.
In her collegiate career at Florida, Johnson earned All-American status on the bars in 1992. She competed in the all-around at four consecutive NCAA Championships, and finished in fifth place in the All-Around at the 1994 SEC Championships.
Johnson graduated from the University of Florida in 1996 with a degree in public relations. In 1995, she was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Florida, and was an academic All-American from 1992-95.
Along with her coaching and choreography, Johnson oversees the marketing and public relations aspects of the program, assists with administrative duties, and initiates community service efforts.
Johnson resides in Raleigh with former Wolfpack All-American Mike Lombardo (wrestling) and are the proud parents of one daughter, Gianna.