Athletics

Five-time national champion to lead women’s volleyball team

February 21, 2018
Athletics

Five-time national champion to lead women’s volleyball team

February 21, 2018

Before arriving as the new head coach of Liberty’s NCAA Division I women’s volleyball team in January, Trevor Johnson established himself as the only athlete-turned-coach in the history of the NAIA to win a national championship as a player, assistant coach, and head coach.

Johnson brings an 86-14 career head coaching record to LU after spending the 2015 season as the women’s volleyball assistant coach at Baylor University and the 2016-17 seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M University.

As a starting setter at California Baptist University, Johnson helped the Lancers earn back-to-back NAIA national titles in 2004 and 2005. He then went on to train with the USA Men’s National Volleyball team. He returned to California Baptist to become an assistant women’s and men’s volleyball coach, helping the men’s team capture the NAIA national championship in 2011.

Johnson then served at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., with both the women’s and men’s volleyball teams. Johnson became Concordia’s first men’s volleyball head coach, leading the team to an NAIA national championship in its inaugural season and earning Men’s Coach of the Year in 2013.

“Trevor is a truly exceptional coach, recruiter, leader, and good mission fit for Liberty, and he is gifted in relating to student-athletes,” Liberty Director of Athletics Ian McCaw said. “We look forward to watching him build a championship program at Liberty.”

Johnson succeeds Shane Pinder, who led the Lady Flames to six consecutive Big South Conference regular-season titles from 2007-12 and four trips to the NCAA Tournament (2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012).

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