Mr. Joey Johnson returns to Bryan College to take over as the new men's soccer head coach. Coach Johnson began his collegiate coaching experience as an assistant at Bryan in 1996. In 2006, Coach Johnson returned to Bryan as the Associate Head Coach to the men's soccer program through the 2009 season. During that four-year stint, the Lions compiled 47 wins as he helped lead them to an AAC Regular Season Conference Championship in 2008 and an AAC Tournament Championship and NAIA National Tournament bid in 2009."I am grateful to Coach Zensen and the administration for granting me the opportunity to invest in the lives of young men here at Bryan. It is a privilege to be entrusted with a program that has maintained such a tradition of integrity and quality for so many years. Coach Zensen has left big shoes to fill as a coach but even bigger shoes to fill as a man," stated Johnson.
Coach Johnson spent the 2011 season as an assistant at NCAA Division I University of North Carolina-Wilmington. During this past year, he was an assistant for the Wilmington Hammerheads, a USL professional team. Before coming to Bryan in 2006, he spent four seasons, from 1997-2000, as an assistant to the men's and women's programs at Milligan College (Tenn.). Following Milligan, he became the assistant to the men's and women's programs at Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.) from 2001-2004. Coach Johnson holds an NSCAA Premier diploma.
Johnson played collegiately at Bryan for two seasons and Liberty University for 2 seasons, leading both squads in scoring totals and earning Big South Conference and tournament honors.Upon graduating from Liberty with a degree in history, he began his professional career in South America with Aurora FC in Bolivia winning a league title in 1997 and kicked off a seven year career in the U.S., Canada, and South America. A few highlights included helping the Charlotte Eagles win their first USL National Championship in 2000 and a promotion to the USL A-League. After a successful USL A-League campaign with the Charlotte Eagles in 2001, Johnson helped the Wilmington Hammerheads to their first USL Pro Select League National Championship in 2003 as tournament MVP. Johnson finished his playing career as player/coach at London City F.C. in the CPSL (Canadian Professional Soccer League) in 2006.As a player, Coach Johnson participated in six professional tours overseas taking him to Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East, to play high level matches and reach out through soccer to the underprivileged in local communities.