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Christy Johnson Signs Five-Year Contract

Release: 01/28/2009
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AMES, Iowa Iowa State volleyball coach Christy Johnson, who has led arguably the most rapid climb into national collegiate volleyball prominence in recent memory, signed a new five-year contract to continue coaching the Cyclones through Dec. 31, 2013.

“To call this a great day for Iowa State volleyball is an understatement,” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “What Christy has accomplished with our program is truly amazing.  She has elevated our volleyball program to national prominence and Calli (Sanders, the school’s Senior Associate AD for sports administration and the volleyball administrator) and I felt that rewarding Christy for that astounding success and making sure she was a Cyclone for the foreseeable future was our top off-season priority.”

Johnson will earn $130,000 next season and her annual base compensation will then increase by $10,000 in each of the remaining four years. Her total base compensation for the five-year deal will be $750,000.

Johnson’s team last fall advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament an unprecedented achievement at ISU - won 22 matches, finished 12th in the final national poll and ranked 15th nationally in attendance.

“The meteoric rise of the program has captured the attention of volleyball followers across the nation,” Sanders said. “We wanted to show our appreciation for Christy’s accomplishments by proactively increasing her compensation to be competitive with other nationally prominent coaches. Christy’s performance has been exemplary in all areas and keeping her in the Cyclone family was our sole focus.”

Johnson’s overall record at Iowa State is 78-53 (.595). Her cumulative four-year conference winning percentage is 53.7 and directly follows a nine-year drought in which the Cyclones were 13-167 in Big 12 competition. Johnson’s last three ISU teams have registered a winning record in the competitive Big 12, which featured three Elite Eight and two Final Four teams in 2008.

“I am extremely grateful to the administration at Iowa State for the support they’ve given to both our staff and student-athletes,” Johnson said. “Iowa State University is a wonderful institution and I treasure my opportunity to continue building a nationally significant program here. Along with the administrative support, it has been extremely rewarding to see the fan base particularly the ISU campus community - connect with our team. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Cyclone volleyball program and I am humbled to receive this support from Jamie, Calli and President (Dr. Gregory) Geoffroy.”

Johnson’s teams have recorded winning seasons four years in a row and broke through on the national scene in 2007 by advancing to the NCAA Tournament and winning two matches. The Cyclones are one of only 10 schools nationally to make it to the Sweet 16 of the national championship each of the last two years, and that list reads like a “Who’s Who” of college volleyball powers.

The Cyclones return all three of their All-Americans (the most in school history) from 2008 and will add a recruiting class that is expected to be ranked in the nation’s Top 20.

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