After 19 years as the head women's tennis coach at the University of Oklahoma, Mark Johnson has accumulated 295 victories and has coached 23 conference champions and four NCAA singles qualifiers and five pairs of NCAA doubles qualifiers. In addition, the three-time Conference and one-time regional Coach of the Year has led nine consecutive teams to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Academic All-America honors.
Johnson returns this season with his entire squad intact from 2005-06, which recorded an overall record of 9-16.
Johnson has accumulated an impressive list of awards in his 18 years at Oklahoma. In 1999, Johnson earned Big 12 Tri-Coach of the Year honors for his successes. While in the Big Eight Conference, Johnson earned coaching accolades three times. He posted a combined record of 60-16 in 1991, 1994 and 1995, while claiming the Big Eight regular season title in 1994. He garnered coach-of-the-year honors all three seasons.
Under Johnson's direction, Brandi Swan and Narelle Cox claimed four conference titles from 1993 to 1995 at doubles and singles positions. The doubles team of Nicole Kenneally and Jenny Del Valle were Johnson's first duo to go to the NCAA Tournament in 1994. Monique Malan and Karla Golfin followed suit in 1996, going to the NCAA for doubles competition. Anda Perianu, a three time All-Big 12 First Team member, was named to the Big 12 10th Anniversary Team April, 2006.
In addition, the 1994 squad set an Oklahoma record with 22 consecutive victories in dual matches while claiming the Big Eight regular season title with a 7-0 record and finished second at the Big Eight Tournament.
Assistant coach Raluca Gheorghe played under Johnson from 1998-1999. The former Sooner standout was named the 1998 Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year and received the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year honors. She was also OU's second singles player to be invited to the NCAA tournament.
Johsnon not only brought coaching experience to Oklahoma with him 18 years ago, but he also brought a wealth of playing experience and success. As a student-athlete in the state of Oklahoma, Johnson was a two-time Oklahoma High School state tennis champion and a five-time Missouri Valley Sectional singles champion. He graduated from high school a semester early and enrolled at the University of Arkansas in the spring of 1978. As a Razorback, he became the first player in the history of the tennis program to win a Southwest Conference singles championship. Not only did Johnson win in 1978, but he also repeated the feat again in 1979. Following his sophomore year, Johnson decided to transfer to Oklahoma State.
He continued his successful collegiate career by claiming the No. 1 singles and doubles titles in the Big Eight Conference in 1981 and 1982. He was an NCAA All-American as a junior and led OSU to the Big Eight team championship that same season.
After his playing career, Johnson stayed on as an assistant coach at OSU, helping guide the Cowboys to the 1983 Big Eight title. From 1984 to 1987, Johnson was a tennis pro at Quail Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City, follwed by a one-year stint at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond before accepting the head coaching position at Oklahoma in 1989.
Johnson is an 1982 graduate of Oklahoma State with a degree in business administration. His wife, Michelle, is an attorney.
Johnson's Year-By-Year Record Year Record Percentage 1989 16-4 .800 1990 17-6 .739 1991 15-9 * .625 1992 9-11 .450 1993 18-7 .720 1994 24-3 * .889 1995 21-4 * .840 1996 19-5 .905 1997 15-11 .576 1998 17-9 .654 1999 16-11 ^ .593 2000 12-11 .522 2001 6-13 .316 2002 16-8 .667 2003 19-7+ .730 2004 23-6 .814 2005 14-12 .538 2006 9-16 .360 Total 285-152 .652
* Big Eight Coach of the Year ^ Big 12 Tri-Coach of the Year + ITA Regional Coach of the Year