Johnson-Lynch Agrees to Contract Extension
AMES, Iowa - After leading the Iowa State University volleyball program to its third-straight Sweet 16 appearance, head volleyball coach Christy Johnson-Lynch has agreed to a contract extension to continue coaching the Cyclones for the next five years.
Johnson-Lynch's contract, which was extended to December 31, 2014, pays her $130,000 annually and includes a retention payment of $100,000 if she remains at Iowa State through the end of her contract.
Johnson-Lynch was named 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year and Asics/Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year after leading the Cyclones to a 27-5 overall record and a second-place conference finish with a 17-3 record. Both win totals eclipsed the previous school records and Iowa State earned a No. 6 ranking in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
In five years at Iowa State, Johnson-Lynch has compiled a 105-58 (.644) record. In the five seasons prior to her arrival, ISU went 36-111 (.245).
In Big 12 play, Johnson-Lynch's success has been just as impressive, posting a 60-40 (.600) record in one of the nation's toughest conferences.
Iowa State finished last season ninth in the country in attendance, averaging 2,734 fans per match. The Cyclones' match at Hilton Coliseum against Nebraska drew a state of Iowa record 10,203 fans and ranked as the fifth-largest crowd in the country.
Iowa State, which opens its spring exhibition schedule Saturday at West Towne Courts in Ames, returns All-Americans Victoria Henson and Ashley Mass in addition to four other starters from last year's team.