Former Cowboy Swimmer Tom Johnson Hired as New UW Swimming Coach

April 8, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming Athletics Director Lee Moon today named former Cowboy letterman Tom Johnson as the new head swimming coach for the University of Wyoming. A native of Camillus, N.Y., Johnson competed for the Cowboys from 1982 through 1985. Johnsonis hiring is subject to approval by the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.

Johnson is currently the Head Coach and Program Director for the Birmingham Swim League in Birmingham, Ala., which consists of 220 members from the novice level to Olympic Trial qualifiers. He has guided the Birmingham Swim League since 1994, and currently has 16 swimmers competing at the NCAA Division I level. Johnson is expected to begin his new position at Wyoming on Thursday, April 16.

"We feel that Tom (Johnson) is a great fit for our program," said Moon. "He is a former Cowboy letterman, and understands what it will take to be successful here at Wyoming.

"Tom has a great love for the Wyoming program, and both he and his wife have a love for the state of Wyoming. We are extremely pleased to hire such a qualified candidate."

"My wife (Cheryl) and I couldnit be more excited to return to the Laramie community and our alma mater," said Johnson. "I have worked 14 years to prepare myself to become an NCAA Division I head coach. It is particularly satisfying to be able to return to the college level at Wyoming.

"I am looking forward to meeting with my team in the next week, and am eager to build the type of program that will make the people of Wyoming proud."

After lettering four years at Wyoming and ending his career as the school recordholder in the 200-yard breaststroke, Johnson began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Cowboys for the 1985-86 season. He moved on to become head coach at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., for the 1987-88 season. For the 1988-89 season he returned to his home state of New York, serving as head coach for the Liverpool Jets Swim Club in Syracuse, N.Y. Prior to taking his current position in Birmingham, Ala., he was head coach for the Fort Collins Area Swim Team in Fort Collins, Colo., from 1989-94.

During his coaching career, Johnson has earned a number of awards. He was named Colorado Swimming Coach of the Year in 1993, and was selected as a coach for the U.S. Swimming Select Camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 1993, i94, i96 and i97. In 1996, he was also named the Southeastern Swimming Coach of the Year. He has achieved Level 5 certification by the American Swimming Coaches Association -- the highest level of certification that can be achieved.

Johnson and his wife Cheryl, who is a native of Cheyenne, Wyo., have a four-year old son, Tommy.