July 18, 2012

Johnson named Lyndon softball coach

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — The Lyndon Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Bill Johnson as its new Head Softball Coach. Over the past three seasons, Johnson has served as the program's Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.

"The hiring committee is excited with the knowledge of the game, recruiting experience and organization skills Bill brings to the table as our new head softball coach," said Lyndon Director of Athletics Chris Ummer. "In addition - already being on campus - Bill will have the opportunity to communicate with the team members face-to-face daily, which is an important component to success. Personally, I'm very happy and excited for Bill to have opportunity oversee and guide his own team as a head coach."

Johnson brings with him more than 30 years of successful coaching experience to the Hornet program. His resume includes successful softball head coaching stints at North Country Community College (1988-90) and Saranac Lake High School (1999-2000).

At NCCC, he led the Saints to three-straight winning seasons as well as three consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association Division III team batting titles. As head coach of the Redskins, he led them to two-straight Section VII, Class B playoffs berths.

"I would like to thank former coach Jen (Kirchoff) Layn for giving me the opportunity to join the program three years ago. Without her trust, guidance and friendship, this dream could never have become a reality," said Johnson. "It is our hope that through hard work, and the use of the many resources we have available to us at Lyndon, we can build a competitive softball program that the campus and local communities can be proud of."
 
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Johnson also serves as Lyndon's Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director. He also advises students and teaches courses in the institution's Sports Management and Coaching Education curriculums.

A native of the Adirondack Mountain region of New York state, Johnson is a 1987 graduate of Lyndon.