Lisa Johnson
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Gonzaga
Graduating Year: 2000
Phone: (208) 885-5244

Lisa Johnson has returned to her Northwest roots as the head golf coach at the University of Idaho in the fall of 2007.

"This is a tremendous opportunity," said Johnson, who was the Vandals’ assistant golf coach from August 2000 until January 2002. "I know the program. I know the area. This is like home to me."

Johnson took over a women’s program that won the 2007 Western Athletic Conference title and continued the upward trend with the Vandals in her first season. An outstanding recruiting class bodes well as she hits the mid-point of her second season.

"There is a solid foundation here I can continue to build upon," said Johnson, who oversaw the men’s and women’s programs last season. "There are only positives about where the Vandals are headed."

Director of athletics Rob Spear said Johnson was a natural choice.

"Lisa not only is a quality golf coach but a quality individual whose goals mirror that of the athletic department – to produce premier programs," he said.

Johnson was a relative late-comer to golf – and took up the game at the suggestion of her high school swim coach.

"It was his nice way of telling me, ‘You work hard and you’re a good swimmer, but ...,’ " Johnson said with a laugh.

Johnson earned her master’s degree at the University of Idaho after graduating cum laude at Gonzaga University in 2000. While at Gonzaga, Johnson was chosen the Bulldog Female Student-Athlete of the Year, was a West Coast Conference all-conference selection, a WCC all-academic honoree and the winner of three individual tournaments. She also was the president of SAAC and a member of the Athletics Council. Prior to returning to Idaho, Johnson spent 5½ years at Boise State.

"I always thought I would coach," she said, "but I thought I would be a high school teacher and coach on the side. This is a wonderful opportunity."

She was married in February 2008 to John Johnson, senior associate athletic director at neighboring Washington State University.

As Idaho's head women's coach, she has:

  • Coached NGCA Women's Golf All-American Honorable Mention, 2009-2010, WAC Player of the Year, 2009-2010, WAC Freshman of the Year, 2008-2009 and 4 WAC All-Conference or Second-Team selections
  • WAC Women's Golf Coach of the Year, 2009-2010
  • 10 NGCA All-American Scholar honorees
  • 11 WAC All-Academic scholar-athletes
  • Highest NCAA Golfstat team ranking in Vandal history - 16th, 2009
  • Three tournament victories in 2009-2010 - a Vandal school record for most wins in one year
  • NCAA West Regional at-large team bid, Stanford U., 2009-2010
  • NCAA Public Recognition Award for APR in top 10% nationally, 2010
  • NGCA All-Scholar Team GPA Award for highest team GPA in all divisions of college women's golf (3.78), 2008-2009
  • Recruited and coached the class that ranked 3rd in NCAA by Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Ranking, 2008-2009
  • NCAA Central Regional at-large individual bid, Ohio State U., 2008-2009
  • WAC Conference Championship team finishes, 2nd in 2008-2009 and 3rd in 2009-2010 (lost by 2 shots)

As Idaho's men's and women's head coach:

  • Coached team to then Vandal's highest WAC Men's Conference Championship team finish of 4th. Women's team finished 5th.
  • One male and two female WAC All-Conference or Second-Team selections including first individual WAC selection for Men's golf.
  • 4 NGCA All-American Scholars honorees
  • 3 male and 4 female All-WAC Academic selections
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