Concordia University is proud to announce the hiring of Trevor Johnson as the ninth head coach of the women's volleyball program, effective immediately. He replaces former head coach Dan Fisher, who took the head coaching position at the University of Pittburgh.
Johnson comes most recently as the head coach of the Concordia men's volleyball program, in their first season in 2013, and also spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach under former women's volleyball coach Dan Fisher.
"Women's volleyball at Concordia University continues to be a high priority and the hiring of Trevor Johnson as the program's new leader is strong evidence that the university is determined to carry on the strong tradition of excellence," Concordia Executive Vice President Gary McDaniel said. "Coach Johnson is a proven leader and understands clearly the strong expectation of being a strong Christian role model striving to not only be successful on the court, but to also prepare young ladies for life after volleyball."
Johnson was selected the American Volleyball Coaches Association Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2012 he was selected to the AVCA 30 Under 30 list. He takes over a Concordia program that has gone 75-2 the last two seasons, won two GSAC Championships (38-0), been to two straight NAIA National Championship games, and won the 2012 NAIA National Championship, the first in school history.
A four-year starter at former Golden State Athletic Conference member California Baptist, Johnson left as the career leader in assists, and returned to help coach the player who would break his career record in the spring of 2011.
"Trevor Johnson has done a tremendous job with the women's and men's programs the last two seasons," Concordia Athletic Director Dave Bireline said. "We are extremely confident in his ability in taking over a women's program that has been the best in the country the last two years."
In the five years since his collegiate playing days were over, Johnson has coached both men and women at levels ranging from the NAIA to junior college to NCAA Div. I, most recently serving as assistant men's and women's coach at California Baptist.
"I've been on staff the last two years and want to thank Dan Fisher for giving me that opportunity," Trevor Johnson said. "For me, volleyball is volleyball, we are going to train and get after it the same way. We are going to get everyone to buy in, and keep things rolling."
Johnson helped guide California Baptist men's volleyball team during its 2011 NAIA National Invitational championship run, which included wins over ranked NCAA foes UC Irvine (No. 2), Stanford (No. 3) and UC Santa Barbara (No. 6).
On the women's side, Johnson's assistance resulted in the Lancers' runner-up finish at the 2007 NAIA National Championships. He also served as the top assistant for the 2008 team that finished third at the tournament.
Throughout two stints at California Baptist (2007-09, 2010-11), Johnson assisted in the development of three NAIA All-Americans and one GSAC Player of the Year honoree, while helping produce two AVCA NAIA Player of the Year recipients on the men's side.
A four-year starting setter at California Baptist, Johnson was named to the NAIA National Invitational All-Tournament Team in 2004, as the team won its first of back-to-back titles, repeating in 2005.
Johnson, who garnered league MVP honors twice as a prep and was named 2000 CIF Player of the Year in the season that his team won a state title, trained with the U.S. Men's National Volleyball team in 2005-06, the year after he graduated from California Baptist. He then began his coaching career as Graduate Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cal State Fullerton in 2006.
Johnson went on to complete his Master's of Science in kinesiology with a concentration in strength and conditioning at Fullerton, finishing the degree in 2009.
He left his alma mater in 2009 and served as assistant men's volleyball coach at Long Beach City College, then worked the 2010 season as Director of Women's Volleyball Operations at Cal State Fullerton.
Johnson will finish the 2013 season as the Concordia men's volleyball head coach before turning solely to the women's program.