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Bobby Johnston
Position: Associate Head Coach
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Alma Mater: James Madison
Graduating Year: 1995
Phone: 540-568-3368
Email: johnstrm@jmu.edu
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Alma Mater:  James Madison '95

Former JMU soccer team captain Bobby Johnston returned to his alma mater in 2007 following five successful seasons as head coach at Tampa.

After two seasons (2007-08) as an assistant coach for the Dukes, he was promoted to associate head coach following the 2008 season.

Johnston led the Tampa Spartans to the NCAA Division II semifinals in 2006, when the team won a school-record 18 matches.  Under Johnston Tampa made four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (2003-06) and was NCAA South Region runner-up in 2004 and 2005.  The Spartans won the Sunshine State Conference championship three straight seasons (2004-06) and were ranked as high as number three nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2005 and 2006.

Johnston was selected the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006.  He had a 69-23-7 record in his five seasons at Tampa and a career record of 75-35-7.  He coached at Division III St. Mary's (Ind.) in 2001 before going to Tampa.

He was also a successful high school coach in Northern Virginia, where he coached at the Potomac School in McLean.  The team compiled records of 16-1-2, 15-0-2 and 15-3-2 from 1998 to 2000.  Potomac won three conference championships and was ranked as one of the top five teams in the area by the Washington Post.  Johnston was selected Metro Coach of the Year by the Washington Post in 2000 and Virginia Private Schools Girls Coach of the Year by the NSCAA in 1999.

The Pittsburgh native also previously served as an assistant coach at Central Catholic and Peter's Township High Schools in the Pittsburgh area and at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va.

At the club level Johnston was head coach of the Beadling (Pa.) club team that won two state championships and the Annandale (Va.) club that also won a state title.  He also formerly served as head coach of the Bethesda (Md.) Strikers.

At JMU Johnston was a three-year starter on defense (1991-93) and a member of the Dukes' 1992 and 1993 Colonial Athletic Association champion teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament.  JMU compiled an overall 53-9-3 record in his three seasons as a starter, including 17-3-1 in 1991, 17-4-1 in 1992 and 19-2-1 in 1993.

In 1993 Johnston was named to the all-region and All-CAA second team and all-state first team and was voted the team's defensive most valuable player.  He led the Dukes in assists two seasons (nine in 1992, seven in 1991) and still ranks in the top 15 on JMU's all-time assist list with 19 career assists.

In his senior season in 1993 the Dukes' 19-2-1 record was the best in school history, and the team was unbeaten (7-0-0) in league play.  The 1993 team also set records for consecutive wins (15) and consecutive games without a loss (17) and tied the school record for season shutouts (14). 

He played professionally with the Washington Warthogs and Pittsburgh Stingers from 1994-97 and was named to the Continental Indoor Soccer League All-Rookie Team while with Pittsburgh.

Johnston, who holds a USSF "A" coaching license, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from JMU in 1995.

He and his wife, the former Ann Whitney, have four sons, Liam, Grayden and twins Kieran and Kade.

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