Trevor Johnson has been named Liberty volleyball's head coach.
Liberty's Director of Athletics Ian McCaw has named former Texas A&M assistant coach Trevor Johnson as head volleyball coach. Johnson becomes the eighth head coach in program history.
An accomplished player turned coach, Johnson comes to Liberty having the distinction of being the only athlete in the history of the NAIA to win a national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach. Johnson brings a unique blend of coaching experience to Liberty Mountain, which includes an 86-14 career record as head coach, having led a program to the 2013 NAIA national championship and earning NAIA AVCA National Coach of the Year honors.
"Trevor is a truly exceptional coach, recruiter, leader and mission fit who is gifted in relating to student-athletes," said McCaw. "He has a unique background that includes winning national championships as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach. We look forward to him building a championship program at Liberty."
Johnson comes to Liberty following two seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M. The Aggies landed the No. 18 ranked recruiting class in the country in 2017, as listed by PrepVolleyball.com.
During Johnson's first year in College Station, Texas A&M posted a 21-9 record and earned an at-large bid to the first round of the 2016 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship.
Johnson's specific coaching duties with the Aggies included working with the program's setters. He helped Stephanie Aiple earn All-SEC honors in 2016 and she was named an AVCA honorable mention All-American.
"I'd like to thank President Jerry Falwell, Director of Athletics Ian McCaw, and Senior Woman Administrator Erin Hagen for this incredible opportunity," Johnson said. "My family and I are extremely humbled and honored to be joining the Liberty volleyball family! It was clear to me during my interview process just how committed the University is to providing everything needed for the student-athletes and the volleyball program to be successful not only on the court, but more importantly off the court as well. The people at Liberty truly make this a special place! We will strive to be the best versions of ourselves everyday through Christ. We will also make sure that others feel valued and appreciated. I cannot wait to hit the recruiting trail and to get into the gym with the team."
Prior to his time with Texas A&M, Johnson served as the top volleyball assistant coach at Baylor in 2015. The Bears posted a 20-12 record that season, the program's highest win total in four seasons. Shelly Fanning was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman team, a first in Baylor program history.
Johnson spent five years at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., including two years as an assistant women's volleyball coach (2011-12), one year as head men's volleyball coach (2013) and two years as Director of Volleyball (2013-15).
During the 2011-12 seasons with Concordia's women's program, the Eagles won the NAIA national title in 2012 with a perfect 38-0 overall record and posted a 37-2 mark en route to a national-runner-up finish in 2011.
Johnson's efforts with the Concordia were recognized by the AVCA in 2011 when he was named the AVCA 30 Under 30 Award recipient and the Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Johnson also led the men's volleyball program to a NAIA national championship in 2013 during the program's inaugural season. Following a 25-7 record, he was named the NAIA Men's Coach of the Year and MAMVIC Conference Coach of the Year.
During his final three seasons at Concordia, Johnson served as Director of Volleyball, serving as head women's coach and oversaw the men's volleyball and sand volleyball programs.
Johnson guided the women's program to back-to-back GSAC conference championships and he had seven players earn NAIA All-America honors. In 2014, Rachel Flynn was recognized as the AVCA NAIA Freshman of the Year under Johnson's guidance.
Johnson served as an assistant men's and women's volleyball coach at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif., during the 2007-09 and 2010-11 seasons. The Lancers posted a 127-39 record in his five seasons with the programs, spotlighted by the men's team winning the 2011 NAIA national championship.
The NAIA powerhouse also recorded wins over nationally-ranked Division I men's volleyball programs during Johnson's time at California Baptist, including No. 2 BYU, No. 3 UC Irvine, No. 4 Stanford and No. 6 UC Santa Barbara.
During the 2010 season, Johnson served as Director of Volleyball Operations at Cal State Fullerton.
Johnson was an accomplished volleyball player on the court during his time as a four-year starter at California Baptist. He helped the Lancers win back-to-back NAIA national titles in 2004 and 2005 and he trained with the USA Men's National Volleyball team in 2005 and 2006.
He was the NAIA national championship assists leader in 2003 and 2004 and finished his career as CBU's all-time assists leader with 3,820, a record that stood until 2011.
Johnson graduated from California Baptist in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. He earned a Master of Science degree in kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 2009.
Born in Phoenix, Ariz., and raised in Cerritos, Calif., Johnson and his wife, Jane, have an 8-year-old son, Riley, and a 5-year-old daughter, Chloe.
What They Are Saying about Trevor Johnson
"Trevor is so much fun to work with! He has incredible energy and integrity, and knows volleyball inside and out. His passion for volleyball and competition shows every day as he comes to work with incredible positivity and excitement to get better. We have thoroughly enjoyed having Trevor on our staff and hope that the Liberty volleyball program realizes that they are so very fortunate to have his intelligence, experience and passion for winning leading their program!" Laurie Corbelli Former Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Texas A&M
"Congrats to Liberty University. Trevor Johnson is one of the best young coaches in our sport and one of the finest individuals that I know. He knows the game at the highest level and he can teach and coach at that level. He is tough, competitive and sharp and also has a wonderful teaching manner that enables him to bring out the best in people." Marv Dunphy Head Men's Volleyball Coach Emeritus at Pepperdine
"I would like to congratulate Ian and the rest of the Liberty administration on a quality hire. Trevor knows the game at an elite level and relates to student-athletes as well as anyone I know. Trevor possess the unique ability to push his team while still making it fun along the way. He is a man of high character and the future looks very bright for Liberty Volleyball." Dan Fisher Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Pittsburgh
"Trevor is an incredible winner on all fronts. To win a championship as an athlete, assistant, and head coach speaks to the depth of knowledge and commitment he has to the sport of volleyball. More importantly, I am fully confident he will be an exceptional fit to Liberty because of his character, integrity and love for the Lord. The volleyball student-athletes and administration are receiving a coach that will not only win matches but will impact lives with deep and meaningful eternal values. As his former coach, I am proud of Trevor for what he has already accomplished and looking forward to the great influence and success he will continue to have." Ryan McGuyre Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Baylor
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