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Xavier volleyball head coach Mike Johnson has a nickname for nearly everyone, especially his players. Some of the players have multiple nicknames, some of them have changed over the years. Mike and several of his players took the time to speak with GoXavier regarding the nicknames, including how some of the nicknames were earned and how they related to the FBI.
GoXavier.com sat down with Xavier volleyball head coach Mike Johnson to discuss the team's success during the 2012 campaign and take a look ahead at the 2013 season.
Xavier's head volleyball coach Mike Johnson talks about his philosophy to coaching. Johnson has been with the Musketeers for three seasons and has led his team to back-to-back finals of the Atlantic 10 Championship.
Third-year head coach Mike Johnson hosted a free coaches clinic on Saturday at Cintas Center. Johnson shared his thoughts on philosophy and gave an exclusive look into Xavier volleyball.
The 2012 Xavier volleyball schedule will test the Musketeers with four tournaments, including one at home, and several tough conference opponents.
Mike Johnson was named Xavier University's ninth volleyball head coach as announced by associate vice president and director of athletics Mike Bobinski on June 28, 2010 and is entering his third season at XU in 2012.
The Musketeers posted a 21-11 overall mark in 2011, Johnson's second season as head coach at Xavier. In Atlantic 10 Conference play, XU went 11-4 and made its second-consecutive appearance in the A-10 finals under Johnson's leadership. Junior Stephanie Vorherr was named the A-10 Libero of the Year for the third-straight season and junior Sarah Brown earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention accolades.
During his first season at the helm of the Musketeers' program, Johnson led his team to a 20-10 overall record and a 12-3 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play. XU made an appearance in the finals of the 2010 A-10 Championship and the team had a school-record five players named to either the First or Second All-Conference Team. For the second consecutive year, Stephanie Vorherr was named the league's Libero of the Year.
Johnson came to XU from Austin Peay State University. In Johnson's one year as the head coach at APSU the squad recorded a 22-9 overall mark and a 15-3 Ohio Valley Conference record, which was its best league mark in 17 years. Austin Peay finished 2009 in second place in league standings, earning a first-round bye in the OVC Tournament, Austin Peay's best OVC finish since winning the regular-season crown in 1992.
Three Lady Govs were named to OVC All-Conference First and Second Teams in 2009, the first time in program history that three players received All-OVC (first or second team) honors in the same season. APSU also enjoyed the league's 2009 Player of the Year in Stephanie Champine, the first for the Lady Govs since 1992 and only the third in school history. Champine was also named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-America team for the second consecutive season.
Johnson, a 2003 graduate of Washington, was a member of the Cal Poly coaching staff for three seasons prior to joining the Austin Peay coaching staff in March of 2009. While there he was responsible for recruiting, opponent scouting, defensive game management, academic oversight, practice planning and scheduling. An assistant for the 2006 and 2007 campaigns, he was promoted to associate head coach for 2008. Johnson also was named one of the nation's 30 up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old by the American Volleyball Coaches Association following the 2008 season.
While he was the Mustangs' defensive coordinator, they led the conference in blocking each year and held opponents to the lowest hitting percentage in league play. Cal Poly claimed back-to-back Big West championships in 2006 and 2007 and reached the NCAA's Sweet 16 in 2007 - finishing the season ranked 11th nationally. As Cal Poly's recruiting coordinator, Johnson helped the Mustang program secure four players ranked among the top 50 by prepvolleyball.com. His recruiting classes were among the nation's best each season, including a No. 9 ranking for his 2009 class. Johnson's 2008 recruiting class was graded No. 21 by prepvolleyball.com and included the top high school libero as ranked by prepvolleyball.com. Cal Poly's 2007 recruiting class was ranked as the 23rd-best unit by prepvolleyball.com.
Prior to joining the Mustangs, Johnson served as an assistant coach at Washington, where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. With his help, the 2004 Huskies posted a 28-3 overall record, captured the Pac-10 Conference championship and reached the NCAA Tournament's final four for the first time in program history - finishing the season ranked No. 3 nationally.
Spearheading Washington's recruiting efforts, he helped the Huskies compile the No.6 ranked 2006 incoming class. On the court, Johnson worked primarily with the Huskies' outside hitters, but also helped refine Washington's passing and defense.
A native of Kahaluu, Hawaii, Johnson graduated from Washington in 2003 with a degree in chemical engineering. He is married to the former Liz Grajewski, a former All-Big Ten gymnast at Iowa, and they have two daughters, Jamie and Harper.