Tracy Johnson announced as Oles' new women's hockey coach

Johnson served as head women's hockey coach at Stevenson University for six seasons prior to coming to St. Olaf. (Photo: Stevenson University Athletics)
Johnson served as head women's hockey coach at Stevenson University for six seasons prior to coming to St. Olaf. (Photo: Stevenson University Athletics)

St. Olaf College Sports Information

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The St. Olaf College athletic department is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracy Johnson as the fourth head women's hockey coach in program history, as announced by Senior Associate Athletic Director Mike Ludwig on Friday.

"We are thrilled to welcome Tracy Johnson to St. Olaf to lead our women's hockey program," Ludwig said. "Tracy has demonstrated the ability to build a successful program by recruiting and developing student-athletes. Her values align with those of the college, and her energy and passion for coaching make her a great fit for St. Olaf and our women's hockey program."

Johnson, a Plymouth, Minn. native, comes to St. Olaf following six seasons as the head women's hockey coach at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md., where she led the Mustangs to a record of 85-60-11 (.580) after taking over the second-year program in 2013-14. Stevenson won at least 14 games in four of Johnson's six seasons and claimed the inaugural Colonial Hockey Conference title in 2015-16.

"I am beyond excited to be named the next head women's hockey coach at St. Olaf," said Johnson. "I would like to thank the search committee, Mike Ludwig, and Ryan Bowles for this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to getting to campus and to work with the current group of Ole women's hockey student-athletes."

"I also want to thank my former boss, Brett Adams, for his mentorship and guidance in developing me as a first-time coach," Johnson added. "I am also extremely appreciative to my former colleagues and the entire community at Stevenson for supporting me and enabling me to grow as a coach and as a person."

At Stevenson, Johnson coached 23 all-conference selections, including four league Players of the Year and two Rookies of the Year, and was named the 2018 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year. Under her watch, 45 student-athletes were named to conference-wide All-Academic Teams in three seasons, including 21 in 2017-18, and nine student-athletes earned American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American Scholars a year ago.

Johnson, who also served as the assistant director of compliance at Stevenson, has additional coaching experience with the Midfairfield CT Stars 19U and Minnesota Jr. Chill 12U, 10U and 8U teams. She started her coaching career with stops at Arlington Catholic High School (Mass.) and Amherst College (Mass.).

A 2010 graduate of Boston College with a degree in marketing, Johnson played in 125 games for the Eagles, captaining the team as a junior and senior. The Eagles advanced to the national semifinals in her first season of 2006-07 and the national quarterfinals in her junior year.

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