Tucson, Ariz. (Sept. 3) - University of Arizona women’s gymnastics coach Bill Ryden announced today that Colleen Johnson has been named an assistant gymnastics coach for the program. Johnson comes to Arizona after spending five years as an assistant at North Carolina State University where she was named Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003.
“I consider her the first recruiting victory of the season,” said Ryden. “Colleen is someone who can come in right away with experience and understanding. She comes in with the ability to hit the ground running.”
A member of the 1991 Canadian Bronze Medal Team at the Pan-American games, Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida. Johnson was a four-year starting competitor at Florida where she earned both athletic and academic All-American honors. In addition to her All-American accolades, Johnson was also named to All-SEC honors while leading the Gators to four consecutive NCAA Championships and one Super Six finish as a team captain.
At N. C. State, Johnson was actively involved in scouting and recruiting as well as coaching all four events.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work at the University of Arizona,” Johnson said. “Being a part of the Pac-10 is going to be the best of the best in terms of my career.”
Johnson will join Ryden’s staff that also includes assistant coach John Court. Court is entering his seventh year with the program.
“I’ve known Bill and John for several years and they have done great things for their program,” Johnson said. “The department as a whole has shown great success and I’m looking forward to helping this team compete for national titles on a consistent basis.”
The Arizona women’s gymnastics team will begin their season in January.