Head Women's Basketball Coach Sue Johnson Signs Contract Extension With UNH

DURHAM, N.H.-- Third-year head women's basketball coach Sue Johnson has signed a contract extension with the University of New Hampshire athletic department through the year 2003. The announcement was made today by UNH Athletic Director Judy Ray.

In only her second season as a head coach, Sue Johnson guided the UNH women's basketball team to a 19-8 overall record in 1998-99, which included a 13-5 AMERICA EAST mark, as the Wildcats went on to make their first-ever postseason appearance in the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

"I am extremely pleased with the performance of the women's basketball team under the leadership of Sue Johnson and her staff. They exceeded the expectations established for her first three years by becoming the first women's team to ever receive a post season NIT bid," said Ray.

Johnson's coaching style continues to make a positive impact on the Wildcat basketball program, which improved from its 12-15 record of her rookie season (1997-98). Johnson inherited a squad ranked in the middle of the pack, brought the team to a higher level in the AMERICA EAST conference, and brought the 'Cats into the national spotlight.

Johnson, who became the fourth head coach in the 24-year history of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball program on June 18, 1997, was the top assistant at Boston College prior to her arrival in Durham. During that time, she was responsible for the bulk of recruiting, organizing the offensive playbook, scouting, game preparation and on-court coaching. She also served as an assistant at Princeton (1989-95) and Yale (1987-89).

In her six-year stint with the Tigers, Johnson helped direct the defense to four consecutive league scoring defense titles and a top 10 national-ranking in the 1993-94 season.

Johnson is a 1986 graduate of Yale, where she excelled on the court and in the classroom. A cum laude graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies, she completed her playing career at Yale as the all-time leading scorer and still holds six school records. Johnson was an All-Ivy performer and Academic All-American three consecutive years (1984-86). She also lettered in women's lacrosse and softball as an Eli.

Johnson went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Services at Rider University and graduated with a 3.9 grade point average in 1995.

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