DENTON (9/12/07) North Texas head coach Tina Slinker has rounded out her coaching staff for the upcoming season with the addition of Noel Johnson to the staff. Johnson comes the Mean Green after spending the last nine seasons as the associate head coach at Texas State. Johnson will be the associate head coach, replacing Angela Ortega who left to take a similar position with Charlotte.
“I am extremely excited to have someone with Noel's experience and reputation. She has enjoyed the highest achievement as a player, winning a national championship, and brings energy and a deep knowledge of the game to our program,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “Her experience and contacts with recruiting are also a critical aspect of what she brings to the table”.
Known as one of the top recruiters in the state, Johnson was the recruiting coordinator at Texas State and played an integral role in the recruitment of 11 All-Southland Conference players, one Player of the Year, one Freshman of the Year, and two Southland Newcomers of the Year.
A native of west Texas, Johnson is originally from Kelton, Texas, and was born in nearby Shamrock, Texas. An accomplished athlete, Johnson earned two letters at Nazareth High School and was a part of two Texas Class 1A state titles.
Johnson played college basketball at Texas Tech, where she earned four letters and helped lead the Lady Red Raiders to four consecutive Southwest Conference Championships, four NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances and a National Championship in 1993. Johnson was a teammate of Houston Comets WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes at Texas Tech.
Johnson was selected to the All-Southwest Conference Team on three occasions, and earned All-Region honors once. In her time at Texas Tech, Johnson was voted to the all-time Lady Raider team at the final Southwest Conference post-season tournament, and became the school's all-time leader in three-point percentage.
In addition to her success at Tech, Johnson is still the Southwest Conference's most prolific 3-point shooter, and was the first-ever recipient of the Jeannine McHaney Award, an honor given by Texas Tech to the female athlete who most displays classroom excellence, courage on the field and a commitment to excellence.
Johnson was named to the Texas Tech Hall of Honor in 2005.
She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1995 with a bachelor's in exercise and sports science and a minor in English. Johnson then earned her master's degree at Texas State in Education in 2002.