Bobby Johnston has accepted a position as the Director of Girls Soccer at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.HARRISONBURG, Va., March 5, 2012 -- James Madison women's soccer associate head coach
Johnston, who will begin his position with IMG on April 1, will continue with the JMU program until March 30.
At IMG Johnston will oversee the growth, marketing and development of the Girls Soccer Academy. The program's goal is to develop youth and high school players in preparation for the college game and beyond, and the program focuses on opportunities for young players to grow within the sport.
IMG is a boarding school which offers both full-time and part-time residency to players.
"This is an exciting opportunity for Bobby and his family," said JMU head women's soccer coach David Lombardo. "IMG is very lucky to be getting a coach and a person of Bobby's caliber.
"During his five years at JMU, Bobby was a huge part of a very successful run that included a CAA championship and three NCAA tournaments, including a run to the NCAA 'Sweet 16' in 2008. He brought new ideas and energy to the program and helped to forge a successful coaching partnership that keeps JMU on the national stage. He has touched a lot of lives here and will be greatly missed by our JMU soccer family.
"I wish Bobby and his family all the best in this new life journey. He helped usher in a new era of success at JMU. For that, we will always be grateful."
Johnston, a 1995 JMU graduate and a former JMU men's soccer team captain, has been on the JMU women's coaching staff since 2007. During his time with the program the Dukes played in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 NCAA Tournaments, won the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association championship and were ranked in the national Top 25. JMU compiled a record of 65-34-9 (.643) during his tenure.
Prior to joining the JMU program Johnston led Tampa 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. He was selected the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me and family, both professionally and personally," said Johnston. "We are excited to get back to Florida and will be sad to leave JMU."
"I want to thank Dave Lombardo, (JMU associate athletics director) Kevin White and (JMU director of athletics) Jeff Bourne for giving me the opportunity to coach at my alma mater. This was a tremendous experience and one that I will cherish. JMU will always be with me and I wish the women's soccer program and all the athletic programs well in the future. The faculty and staff at JMU is close community and this was so important to our family. The JMU staff has been very supportive in my decision and I will miss everyone dearly."
Johnston and his wife, the former Ann Whitney, have four sons, Liam, Grayden and twins Kieran and Kade.