Feb. 14, 2014
THE FLATS – After five seasons at the helm of the Georgia Tech volleyball program, head coach Tonya Johnson resigned her post Friday to pursue other professional opportunities in the volleyball community.
“We appreciate all that Tonya Johnson has done on behalf of Georgia Tech and our volleyball program,” said Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski. “Tonya is a dedicated coach and a quality person, and we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
“First, I would like to thank Georgia Tech for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach here for the last five years,” Johnson said. “Secondly, I would like to thank all my players both current and former for making me a better coach and person. This was not an easy decision for me because of the love I have for my players and the relationships I have made here at Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is a great place and I will certainly miss it.”
Johnson, who was the seventh head coach in the 33-year history of the program, compiled an overall record of 85-72 and a 50-50 mark in ACC play at Georgia Tech.
She coached 10 All-ACC selections, including four-time All-America Monique Mead, and guided the Jackets to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2004. Under Johnson’s wing, Mead and Bailey Hunter signed contracts to play professional volleyball following their time at Tech.
While at Tech, Johnson was named the co-head coach of the 2012 U.S. Volleyball National A2 team, and helped Mead to the 2010 U.S. Volleyball Women’s National A2 Program and middle blocker Chanell Clark-Bibbs to 2013 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team (WJNT).
Before coming to Georgia Tech in 2009, Johnson served six years as an assistant and associate head coach at Texas. In 1998-2003, she was the assistant coach at her alma mater LSU and began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Kentucky, 1995-1997.
A national search will be conducted for her replacement and will begin immediately.