A-State's Johnson Named to USA Volleyball Pan American Cup Coaching Staff

A-State's Johnson Named to USA Volleyball Pan American Cup Coaching Staff

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (5/11/16) – United States Women's Volleyball National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly has named the coaching staff for the 2016 Pan American Cup, which includes Arkansas State assistant coach Tristan Johnson as scout coach.

Joining Johnson on the staff for the Pan Am Cup will be University of Pittsburgh head coach Dan Fisher (Head Coach), BYU women's volleyball head coach Heather Olmstead (Assistant Coach), and University of Arkansas associate head coach Jon Newman-Gonchar (Team Leader/Assistant Coach).

The Pan American Cup is set for June 30-July 11, 2016 in the Dominican Republic.  A team of 19 ladies were named to the training roster for the event and the final roster will be set sometime in late June.

Johnson, who is just 23 years of age, will be going into his third season with the program in 2016 and second as a full-time assistant after spending 2014 as the team's graduate assistant coach.  His primary responsibilities include coaching the team's back row and libero along with other aspects of implementing the team's game plan.  He also spent parts of the 2014 and 2015 summers interning with the U.S. National Team.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association recently named Johnson a recipient of its "Thirty Under 30" award that honors up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport.  To qualify for the award, nominees had to be 30 years old or younger in 2015.  Johnson was one of 12 Division I coaches to receive the honor.

The 2015 season was a monumental success that saw A-State register a 28-2 record, a perfect 16-0 mark in SBC play, a conference tournament championship, and its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1999 and fifth overall in program history.

The team had an average of 16.29 digs per set to rank second in the conference while libero Markie Schaedig was 13th in the nation in digs per set with 5.42.  The junior libero was also named the SBC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season.