NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University Director of Athletics Rick Espeset announced today that Christine Johnson is taking over head coaching duties for women's soccer.
The program's sixth head coach brings strong credentials to the position. She previously was an assistant at Fresno State University from 2005-09 and held interim head coaching duties during the 2009 campaign; an assistant at Arizona State University from August 2009 to July 2010; and led the Crown City United Soccer Club in San Marino, Calif., from July 2012 to November 2015. Johnson also starred on the pitch for the University of Florida where she was a Soccer Buzz All-American in 2001 as well as being a member of a Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament champion squad in 2001, an SEC tourney champion side in 2004 and an NCAA Division I Final Four participant in 2001. She played professionally for the California Storm and Football Club Bay Area Pride in 2009.
"I really feel blessed to be a part of the Manchester University family," Johnson said. "I want to thank Rick Espeset and the members of the search committee for this opportunity. I'm excited to meet the players and get to work".
"(Coach Johnson) brings a solid soccer background to a program that has been consistently competitive for the top half of the (Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference)," Espeset said. "Her resume as well as the understanding of the game on and off the field as a former student-athlete will provide great opportunities for success for the student-athletes."