GREENSBORO, N.C. - UNC Greensboro's softball staff has added former Spartan standout Gwen Johnson as a part-time assistant coach, head coach Jennifer Herzig announced Monday.
"I am extremely excited to announce the addition of Gwen Johnson to my coaching staff for the 2009-2010 season," Herzig said. "As one of the toughest hitters and outfielders in recent history at UNC Greensboro, Gwen brings a wealth of knowledge to the table, stemming from personal playing experience in this program and in the Southern Conference. Gwen was a dynamic player with the ability to change the game in a moment, and I am excited for our players to have the ability to learn from someone of her caliber. Additionally, welcoming another Spartan alum to the staff is a huge honor for me. Both Gwen and (pitching coach) Vanessa (Williams) were outstanding players during their careers, who as a result of their deep investment in the program, have now made the choice to share this experience with the players who are the future of Spartan softball."
Johnson played two seasons (2005-06) for the Spartans after transferring from Louisburg College. In 2006, her senior year, she led UNCG in batting average (.333), slugging percentage (.768), on-base percentage (.459) and home runs (eight). In her first season with the Spartans, Johnson led the team with 37 runs scored.
She graduated fourth in school history with a .504 career slugging percentage.
Johnson, a Boston, Va., native, was also the Region IX Player of the Year at Louisburg in 2003 and 2004, taking NFCA All-America third-team honors during her sophomore season.
Johnson worked various collegiate camps from 2003-06 and volunteered at the Greensboro YMCA. She also volunteered as a sports counselor in La Preciosita, Mexico.
She will work mainly with the outfield and will assist with the hitters.
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