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Johnna Pointer Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

May 17, 2010
Johnna Pointer was a two-time All SWC pick for Texas from 1988-92.

BOULDER - Johnna Pointer has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Colorado, head coach Linda Lappe announced on Monday.

Pointer will begin her duties immediately. She will organize pre and post season workouts and take the lead in developing CU's guards as well as assisting with recruiting, opponent scouting, practice planning and serving as the program's liaison with academics.

"I am so pleased to have been offered this position by coach Lappe," Pointer said. "Knowing her vision of where she wants this program to go, with the players and the coaching staff she is bringing together, and the passion she has for CU, it's exciting to be a part of this. It's going to be an incredible journey and I'm looking forward to being part of it.

"I think of myself as a player's coach, here is for the players; to get to know them on and off the court and have an impact on their lives is something that is important to me. I want to be part of rebuilding a winning program here."

Before coming to Colorado, Pointer was the Administrative President for the Hoop 10 Basketball - Serious Basketball Instruction program in Amarillo, Texas. In her position she had a hand in every facet of the program. Pointer would recruit players and organize competitive teams, plan and conduct individual and team practices and schedule and direct camps and clinics throughout Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

She joined the Hoop 10 Basketball program after nearly a decade of coaching in the Lone Star state. Pointer spent seven years as the head women's basketball coach at Wayland Baptist University. She guided the Flying Queens to a 155-48 record from 1996-2003, landing in seven NAIA National Tournaments including three trips to the quarterfinal round.

Pointer led WBU to the 1998 Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament title and was the league's Coach of the Year in 1999. Her teams finished in the NAIA Top 25 final rankings all seven years including the 1999 No. 2 final national ranking.

"Johnna has a lot of valuable experience at every different level," Lappe said. "She brings a great deal of knowledge about what it takes to lead a successful program and she will be counted on to bring a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. She is very organized, can relate well to the players, has integrity, and has a passion to teach young women."

Prior to her stint at Wayland Baptist, Pointer served as head women's coach at Frank Phillips College (1994-96). She led the Lady Plainsmen to a 43-17 record in two years, claiming the 1996 Western Junior College Athletic Conference title and a pair of regional tournament appearances.

Pointer was a student assistant coach at the University of Texas for the 1993-94 season and began her coaching career as the head girls basketball coach at Bensberg High School in Bensberg, Germany in 1992-93. That year she also played professionally for the Bensberg TVB Women's Basketball League team.

Pointer was a two-time All-Southwest Conference performer for Texas from 1988-92 where she helped the Longhorns to a pair of SWC Tournament Championships and four NCAA Tournaments including Elite Eights in 1988 and 1989. She also played for Athletes In Action for two years (1991-93) and participated in Olympic Sports Festivals in 1989 and 1990.

She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Texas and her master's of education from Wayland Baptist. She was a two-time Academic All-SWC and Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.