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Associate Head Coach
|Office||Martindale Hall 202|
Matt Johnson has been a member of Northwest Missouri State's coaching staff since 2003. He began as a graduate assistant coach, was hired as a full-time assistant prior to the 2005 season and was promoted to associate head coach ahead of the 2009 campaign.
While head coach Darin Loe's forte rests with the pitching staff, Johnson's focus rests with the catchers, outfielders and the offense. In addition, Johnson serves as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Johnson is also the first head coach of the newly formed St. Joseph Mustangs, a collegiate summer team that competes in the MINK league throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Johnson led the Mustangs to a 28-16 record in 2009 - the team's inaugural season. The Mustangs were 21-3 at home and placed second in the division standings.
A native of Sawyer, N.D., Johnson arrived in Maryville after four years of professional baseball experience in the Independent Leagues. Johnson played two seasons in the Northern League for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks and the Allentown Ambassadors and one season with the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League as a catcher. He finished his career as a relief pitcher for the St. Joseph Blacksnakes of the American Association.
Prior to his professional career, Johnson was a four-year starter at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D. During his college career, he earned three all-conference, one all-region and one All-America honor along with being named Dakota Athletic Conference Most Valuable Senior.
Johnson is currently pursuing his doctorate as a faculty member for Northwest's Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Department. He earned his Bachelor of Science in education degree from Valley City State in 2001 and his Master of Science in Education from Northwest in 2004. He is a certified Health and Physical Education instructor.
Johnson and his wife, Brenda, reside in Maryville with their son, Jase, and daughter, Brynlee.