COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA High Performance Committee is excited to announce that Trooper Johnson will serve in the role of head coach for the 2019 U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team and the U.S. Women’s U25 World Championship Team. Coach Johnson is led a young-developing U.S. Women’s squad to a 4-4 record and sixth place finish at the 2018 IWBF World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. He also led the U.S. Women to a silver medal at the 2017 America’s Cup in Cali, Columbia. Johnson served as the assistant coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2013-2016, which rolled to a gold-medal performance at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
Johnson was the assistant coach of the 2013 U.S. Men’s U23 National Team and the head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women’s U21 Team, that won a gold at the Junior ParaPan American Games in Argentina. Johnson is also a member of the National Advisory Board for Positive Coaching Alliance with a mission to empower young people through sports.
Coach Johnson is a legendary NWBA member, showcase in the iconic symbol of the NWBA, as a NWBA Hall of Famer and Paralympian. As an athlete, Johnson is the only U.S. player to compete on 15 National Teams (1990-2004), and is widely acknowledged as the most prolific three-point shooter in NWBA history. His shooting accuracy led Team USA to the top of the medal platform for a total of nine gold medals and one silver medal. He also has two bronze medals as an athlete at the 1996 and 2000 Paralympic Games, and was a member of the 1992 and 2004 U.S. Paralympic teams.
Professionally, Johnson is the Sports Program Coordinator for the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program in California, which includes being the head coach of the Junior Road Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Team. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Olympians & Paralympians. Johnson first found the sport of wheelchair basketball after being involved in a car accident at the age of 17 that left him paralyzed. After that, wheelchair basketball was all he knew. Coach Johnson resides in San Lorenzo, California. He and his wife, Megan, have a son Max, and triplets, Hank, Sam and Sophia.
The 2019 U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team will compete at the 2019 ParaPan American Games from August 23 to September 1 in Lima, Peru. The U.S. Women’s U25 World Championship Team will compete at the 2019 IWBF Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Champions on May 22 to May 30, 2019 in Suphanburi, Thailand.