John Johnson Named Athletic & Activities Director at St. Catherine’s High School
Racine, WI (July 17, 2015) – St. Catherine’s is pleased to announce the hiring of John Johnson as the school’s new Athletic & Activities Director.
"We were very fortunate to have many highly qualified candidates apply for this position,” said Christopher Olley, St. Catherine’s President. “However, John's extensive professional experience and his commitment to our Dominican pillars made him the clear choice. I am looking forward to working with him as we continue to improve upon an already successful program."
Serving as an advocate for St. Catherine’s student-athletes, Johnson will develop and maintain a comprehensive athletic program for grades 6-12. In addition to hiring, mentoring and developing all coaches and athletic support staff, he will oversee the operation of all teams while also providing administrative oversight for student activities.
“I’m honored, privileged and extremely excited to be the Athletic and Activities Director at St. Catherine’s,” said Johnson. “I want to thank President Olley and the Administration for having the faith and confidence in me to continue the great tradition of Dominican education and
athletics at this school. I look forward to working daily with our coaches, staff and especially the Angel students."
Johnson served as Athletic Director for Manitowoc Public Schools from 2006 to 2014. Running the athletic program for an entire K-12 district, Johnson supervised and evaluated coaches for 20 varsity sports and 15 middle school athletic teams; additional duties included
things such as forming a 50-member Student-Athlete Council service organization, developing and implementing a $250,000 budget and monitoring academic and attendance records for all student-athletes.
Prior to Manitowoc, Johnson spent two years as Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Marquette University (2004-2006) and nine as Assistant Director for Admission at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota (1995-2004).
He also has a vast coaching background having spent time as an assistant men’s basketball at coach Lakeland College, Saint Mary’s (MN) and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Currently, Johnson serves as the public address announcer at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) State Baseball Tournament in Appleton and the WIAA State Girls Volleyball Tournament in Green Bay.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his Master of Science Degree in Athletic Administration from the United States Sports Academy.
St. Catherine’s High School was founded in 1864 along the shores of Lake Michigan by the Racine Dominican Sisters determined to spread God’s message through Christian education. The co-educational institution promotes diversity and respect while teaching students in accordance with the four pillars of the Dominican Order: Community, Prayer, Service and Study. St. Catherine’s strives to develop the God-given talents inherent in every student while preparing them with the skills, faith and knowledge needed to achieve life success. St. Catherine’s prides itself on the immeasurable impact over 16,000 Angel alumni have had on countless communities across the world.