Washington Names Michael Johnson Volleyball Assistant Coach

May 3, 2004

SEATTLE- Michael Johnson, a 2003 Washington graduate and former coach of the UW men's and women's volleyball club teams, has accepted the position of assistant volleyball coach, head coach Jim McLaughlin announced today.

Johnson fills the vacancy created when Don Flora resigned from the position after four weeks citing personal reasons.

'It is unfortunate that personal circumstances will preclude Don Flora from remaining a part of our staff but we are excited about having Mike join us,' said McLaughlin. 'He has some unique skills that will be of great use to our program and I expect him to make significant contributions in all areas but specifically in the areas of recruiting and our ability to track the performance of the team and each player individually.

'While Mike is relatively young and has not had a lot of coaching experience, he is an extremely enthusiastic, hard working young man who learns things very quickly. He will not only bring new ideas to the job, he will also bring a high level of energy to the program that will be of benefit to everyone involved with the team. I expect that he will hit the ground running from the moment he joins our coaching staff. I feel very fortunate that we were able to add a person like Mike to our staff and both my top assistant, Leslie Tuiasosopo and I look forward to working with him.'

Johnson graduated from Washington in 2003 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He served as a player, coach and president of the UW men's volleyball club from 1999-2003 and helped lead the men to a fifth place national finish in a field of 64 in the school's second year of competition. Johnson was the head coach of the UW women's volleyball club from 2003-04 and improved the team's national ranking from 31st to ninth in just one season.

Johnson was also the head coach of the Hawaii Volleyball Academy- a women's 16 and under club team in 2001.

'I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to join such an elite program here at my alma mater,' said Johnson. 'Jim and Leslie are both excellent teachers, and I hope to learn a lot from them. I plan to hit the ground running and will do my best to take Washington to the next level.'

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