Gymnastics Adds Johnson as Assistant Coach
July 15, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. - Former Arizona assistant coach Colleen Johnson has been named an assistant coach for the NC State gymnastics team head coach Mark Stevenson announced today. Johnson will be in her second stint with the Wolfpack, as she was previously an assistant coach for five years from 2000-2004.
"We are thrilled to have Colleen come back to our program," said Stevenson. "She brings extensive expertise on both beam and floor. She will be a great addition to our team once again."
Johnson spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona. 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 Co-South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year while at Arizona.
During her previous time at NC State as an assistant coach (2000-04), Johnson was named the 2003 Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. During her five seasons, Johnson coached balance beam and choreography for floor.
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 199q, 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.