OGDEN -- After four seasons and helping restart the program, Tina Johnson has announced she is stepping down as head coach of the Weber State softball team. Johnson's resignation is effective immediately.
"Deciding to leave is a very difficult decision to make, but with recent family events, I feel the timing is now," Johnson said. "I want to thank the administration at Weber State for giving me the opportunity to restart, build and coach the softball program. It's been a great experience and starting this program from scratch was one of the biggest challenges of my coaching career. I've loved working here and coaching the student-athletes. I believe there are great things in place for the Weber State softball program and players.
Johnson was named head coach of the Wildcats in July 2008, becoming the fourth coach in WSU history. She spent four seasons as head coach, beginning with the 2010 season, the first year softball was brought back to Weber State after a 27-year absence.
In 2012, Johnson guided the Wildcats to a 21-win season and set or tied 19 team or individual single-season and career records. Weber State finished in a tie for second place in the Pacific Coast Conference's Mountain Division and senior Lyndsey Minnich was named PCSC's Mountain Division Player of the Year.
Johnson's student-athletes have received Academic All-Conference honors 40 times and All-Conference honors 14 times during her first three years at Weber State.
Prior to coming to Weber State, Johnson spent two seasons at Colorado College. She was also the head coach at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., for three seasons. At Lake Forest, she led the program to three-straight Midwest Conference championships and was honored with the 2006 Midwest Conference Coach of the Year award. She was also the head coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
As a player, Johnson competed at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
"We thank Coach Johnson for her service to Weber State and for her efforts in helping restart our softball program," said WSU Director of Athletics Jerry Bovee. "It is a tremendous amount of work to rebuild a program and she worked tirelessly to lay the foundation for future success. We wish her the best in her future endeavors."
The university will be forming a search committee to begin the process of hiring a new coach.