Lance White and Angie Johnson were honored as two of the nation's top assistant coaches by CollegeInsider.com
One of the most important jobs in Florida State women's basketball program lies squarely on the shoulders of assistant coach Angie Johnson, whose "get it done" personality has made her the perfect person to head up the Seminoles' recruiting efforts.
Johnson's work over her 15-year tenure has brought helped bring some of the best talent in the country to Tallahassee. And perhaps no year has that been more apparent than 2010 when she helped ink arguably the greatest recruiting class in FSU women's basketball history. Not only did the Seminoles sign two ESPNU 100 prospects in Tay'ler Mingo and Olivia Bresnahan, but the program also got a commitment from the nation's No. 2 prospect, Natasha Howard. Johnson and the rest of the coaching staff also signed Georgia athlete Lauren Coleman.
As FSU's recruiting coordinator, Johnson organizes all correspondence with prospective student-athletes, coordinates recruiting visits and travel and scours the country evaluating talent and finding those student-athletes who best fit the Seminole program. The last five seasons have seen some of the most fruitful recruitment in school history as in each of those seasons the 'Noles have signed at least two players in the top 100 nationally.
Another aspect of the team that has flourished under Johnson's watch is the Seminoles' work in the classroom. Over the years, she has worked closely with Florida State's athletic academic support staff in monitoring the academic progress of the Seminoles.
Over the past several seasons, FSU women's basketball has carved its place as one of the most successful ACC school s in the classroom. Since its inception in 1998, Florida State has had 25 members on the All-ACC Academic Women's Basketball Team. In addition, since 1998, FSU has had 67 ACC Academic Honor Roll selections, which also leads the conference. In 2007-08 and again in 2008-09 Mara Freshour earned Academic All-ACC honors as well as ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District plaudits.
During her tenure at FSU, Johnson has worked closely with the women's basketball support club, the Hoop Troop, had oversight of the team managers and has also assisted with the design and ordering of equipment. She is also active with the Seminole Girls Basketball Camps each summer.
Johnson, like head coach Semrau, came to Florida State in 1997 from the University of Wisconsin, where she served as the Badgers' assistant for three years. Some of her responsibilities at UW included opponent scouting, coordinating video exchange and arranging student-athletes community service. Johnson helped coach and recruit a pair of players who made it to the WNBA, two All-Americans and four All-Big Ten selections.
In her final season at UW, she also served as the team's academic liaison. Johnson was also active with the BadgerBall Booster Club, the Jane's Gem kids club and was co-director of the BadgerBall Girls Hoops Camp for two summers.
Prior to joining the Badger staff, Johnson was the assistant basketball coach at Paul G. Blazer High School in her hometown of Ashland, Ky. She was a four-year letter winner at the University of Louisville from 1987-91. A 6-0 center, she ranked among the U of L top 10 in career rebounds (621) and games played (120). Johnson, who earned her degree in biology, was the recipient of the Ed Kallay Senior Award in 1991 and was a Woodford R. Porter Scholar.