TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2000
Mike Johnson Named Men's Soccer Coach

July 11, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University athletic director Hugh Durham has named Mike Johnson head men's soccer coach for the 2000 season. Johnson, who also serves as the head coach of the JU women's soccer program and was an assistant coach for the men's program from 1985-87, will assume the full-time duties immediately.

"We feel Mike has the experience and knowledge to best suit both programs at this time," said Durham. "He has done an excellent job with the women's program, and knows as much about the men's team as anyone. We expect both programs to continue to challenge for conference championships and NCAA post season play."

The Jacksonville native has tallied a 26-13-1 mark in two seasons with the JU women's program, including a six-game improvement during his first season when the Dolphins went 14-5-1 and reached the TAAC Championship game before falling to perennial power UCF, 1-0. JU also set school records for wins (14) and shutouts (8) in 1998, while ranking sixth nationally with 3.47 goals per game en route to a conference-record 70 goals and 203 points. Johnson led the Dolphins to a 12-8 mark last season.

The former Dolphin standout takes over a men's program that is just two years removed from the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and boasted the nation's top 1-2 scoring combination in Nesa Stefanovic (26g, 13a) and Bole Acimovic (23g, 10a). JU finished the season ranked 13th nationally in 1998 after defeating No. 3 Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Dolphins went 12-5-1 last season and captured their third straight regular-season TAAC Championship.

Prior to returning to JU, Johnson served as the head soccer coach at Ed White High School from 1986-97, while also serving as head coach of the Charleston Lightning (1997) of the EISL and the Jacksonville Fury (1994-95) of the USISL.

Johnson's playing experience includes a four-year career at JU (1982-85) where he was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection, served as team captain and was a member of the Florida Intercollegiate All-State Team. The N.B. Forrest grad also played professionally with the Tulsa Tornado (1985) of the USL and the Jacksonville Fury (1993-94).

Johnson replaces Aleks Mihailovic, whose contract was not renewed at the conclusion of the 1999 season.