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Patrick Johnston

Sewanee Women’s Soccer Head Coach Patrick Johnston is entering his 11th season on the Domain.

The 2018 campaign ended with a 6-11-2 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the SAA Tournament. Three were named All-SAA selections.

In 2017, the Tigers finished in the semifinals of the SAA Tournament with a 6-9-2 record. Two Tigers were selected as All-Conference members.

During the 2016 season, Johnston led the Tigers to an 8-9-2 overall record and a semifinalist in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Conference Tournament.

In 2015, Johnston led the Tigers to one of their best years in program history. Sewanee finished the season with an 11-4-3 overall record. During the regular season, the Tigers earned a share of their first-ever SAA Regular Season Championship. The Tigers finished with an unbeaten 6-0-1 SAA record while Johnston earned his first-ever SAA Coach of the Year award. Both win totals were the most overall and conference victories for Sewanee since 2010.

In the previous three seasons, Johnston led a young Tigers' team to 15 all-conference awards and 32 victories, while consistently having the toughest schedule of any team in the conference. That includes a 13-6 record in 2014. That win total was the most for Sewanee since 2010.

In his inaugural season, 2009, the Tigers finished 11-3-3 and posted the highest win percentage in the program’s history. After a second place SCAC finish, the Tigers ended the year with a ranking in the NCAA Regional rankings for the first time since 2005. The 2010 team earned Sewanee’s highest ranking ever by being recognized fourth in the South Atlantic Region’s mid-season polls.

Johnston’s 20-plus years of coaching experience includes stops at Illinois State University, UNC Greensboro, Barry University and James Madison University, among others. He also coached professionally with the New Orleans Gamblers in the A League.

As a player, Johnston was a High School All-American and a member of the U.S. National Youth Team. He played four years for Duke University and was an All-ACC selection for three years. He was selected to the NSCAA All-American Team during his senior season. Johnston went on to play professionally in England for Newcastle United (English First Division) and in the United States for the Miami Sharks, the Maryland Bays and the Miami Freedom (ASL, APSL).

Johnston has been active in youth soccer in the US for over 30 years. He has coached or served as a Director of Coaching at clubs all across the south and was a Region III ODP staff coach for two different directors. He is currently a lecturer for the NSCAA and represents the organization in the Club Standards project. He reviews youth clubs nationwide, assisting them to improve in his role as a consultant. Johnston is a contributing writer for Success in Soccer and other publications and has traveled abroad extensively in this role visiting professional and amateur academics in Europe and South America. His focus in his journalism has been the topic of club structure and player development.

In the summer of 2014, Johnston released The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie. The book takes readers along the evolving journey from a startling innocence into a pragmatic adventurer chasing the beautiful game. This heroic journey promises to entertain you with facts, feats, and levity while displaying adventurous escapism at its finest.

With that, Johnston has appeared a numerous national media shows and interviews.

Coach Johnston received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University in 1986 and a Masters in Fine Arts from The University of the South and is married with four children, Corinne, Nikki, Kyle C'19 and Robbie.

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