Teri Johnson steps down as Lakeland College women's basketball coach
Athletics - posted on 2/22/2011
Teri Johnson, head women's basketball coach at Lakeland College for the past four seasons, resigned this week. She is leaving coaching to pursue a career in nursing.
Johnson plans to enroll full time in the nursing program at Lakeshore Technical College.
"I've been passionate about the healthcare field since my undergraduate studies," said Johnson, who graduated from Lakeland in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. "Several coaching opportunities came up for me, and they were better fits at the time. I've been able to continue studying health and wellness, and now the time is right for me to jump into this full time.
"I'm ready for a different challenge. I've been coaching for 11 years, and I hope I've positively impacted some of my players along the way. Nursing is a chance for me to impact people in a different way."
Lakeland was 64-42 in Johnson's four seasons, including a 42-28 mark in the Northern Athletics Conference. Lakeland concluded the 2010-11 season this past Saturday at 10-15 overall. In her third season, she led the Muskies to 22 wins, the NAC tournament title and the program's sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament. Johnson was named the 2009-10 NAC coach of the year.
"The opportunity to come back to my alma mater and serve as head coach and re-connect with faculty and staff was the highlight of my basketball career," Johnson said. "Coaching this program is a privilege and I'll always be grateful for this experience."
Lakeland athletic director Jane Bouche said a national search will be conducted to find the Muskies' next head women's basketball coach.
"Teri was a perfect fit for this program," Bouche said. "Our program benefitted from her love for Lakeland and her leadership. The nursing profession is a calling for Teri, and I can't wait to see the tremendous impact she will have in the healthcare field. She will always have a special place in our program as a former player, and now as a former head coach."
Johnson returned to Lakeland in 2007 after serving two seasons as head coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. Johnson served as a basketball graduate assistant at Lakeland from 2000-02, and she was assistant basketball coach and assistant facilities manager for three years at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.
A native of Wrightstown who currently lives in Manitowoc, Johnson was a four-year starter in basketball at Lakeland from 1996-2000, and a key member of Lakeland's first-ever NCAA Tournament qualifier in 1998-99 (an at-large bid). She played on three Lake Michigan Conference champions and two LMC Tournament champions, and was named Lakeland Female Athlete of the Year as a senior.
Johnson earned a master of education degree from Lakeland in 2004. She also serves Lakeland as advisor for Lakeland's Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
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