MONDAY, APRIL 05, 2004
Mike Johnson To Take over JU's Men's Soccer Program

April 5, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Jacksonville University soccer standout Mike Johnson, who has been head coach of the Dolphin women's program for the past six seasons, has been named the head coach of JU's men's soccer team, Athletic Director Dr. John Balog announced today. Johnson replaces Bob Moullin, who resigned after three seasons to return home to St. Augustine where he is teaching high school. The search for a new women's head coach will begin immediately. The JU men's team went 3-11-3 last season after advancing to the semifinals of the A-Sun Championship in 2002.

"Mike has exceeded all expectations as head coach of the women's program," said Balog, who is also JU's Vice President for Student Life. "He felt that this was the time to accept a new challenge of rebuilding the Dolphin men's soccer program, for which he played in the early 1980's."

Johnson took over an infant program in 1998, which had won just 11 games in its first three seasons and quickly built it into a regional power. He led the Dolphins to a 75-41 record in his six seasons as head coach, including a 37-13-3 mark in conference play. JU has played in five of the last six A-Sun Championship tournaments, including four championship match appearances and the 2000 Atlantic Sun regular-season and tournament championships en route to the Dolphins' first NCAA postseason berth. Johnson also served as the men's coach during the 2000 season.

"I have a great deal of pride in the success we have experienced at Jacksonville University the past six seasons," said Johnson, who was a standout player at JU from 1981-85, where he was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference performer. "I look forward to a new challenge of rebuilding our storied men's program."

Johnson's tenure at JU has been peppered with All-Americans, Academic All-Americans and countless Atlantic Sun honors. In 2000, he led the Dolphins to a 19-3 mark, including a perfect 9-0 record in A-Sun play. Following an injury-plagued 2001 season, JU went 15-4-2 in 2002, including a 15-match unbeaten streak. The Dolphins finished 6-12 last season.