October 19, 2006

Women's Basketball Adds Johnson As Director of Operations

Oct. 19, 2006

GREELEY, Colo. -- University of Northern Colorado women's basketball coach Jaime White announced the addition to her staff of Ryan Johnson as the team's director of operations on Thursday.

"I am excited for this opportunity," Johnson said. "It is great to be back in Colorado and work with a great coach like Jaime White."

As director of operations, Johnson is responsible for film exchange, organizing camps, program fundraising and marketing and video technology.

"We feel lucky to have Ryan," said head coach Jaime White. "He brings a lot of experience and maturity to our program. It also helps that he is from the Northern Colorado area."

Johnson comes to Northern Colorado from Utah State, where he spent the past year as an assistant coach. Johnson was responsible for assisting both offensive and defensive planning, drill execution and development of the forwards and posts, with other duties in film-exchange and off-campus recruiting. He was also responsible for academic monitoring, resulting in 7 student athletes garnering WAC all academic accolades, while the team achieved a 3.3 GPA.

Prior to Utah State, Johnson was the director of operations at Colorado State. At CSU, he assisted the program in several administrative areas including film exchange, scout prep, camp organization and booster club liaison.

Johnson also spent 10 years at the middle and high school level working with club teams in Colorado. Throughout that time, he studied basketball fundamentals, individual development skills as well as offensive and defensive systems. Several players he mentored earned Division I basketball scholarships. He also coached at the at Arvada West High School and Wheat Ridge High School for six years, helping both teams to Sweet 16 appearances and the latter to an Elite 8 showing.

Johnson earned his bachelor's degree in biological sciences from DePauw University (Ind.) in 1995. He received his teacher licensure from Regis University in 1998. In 2001, Johnson earned his master's of science in management from the University of Denver.

His younger sister, Ashley Augspurger, played basketball for Colorado State and currently plays professionally in Europe.