Jill Johnson is in her first season as the University of Wyoming women's golf coach.
Johnson was hired at Wyoming on May 21, 1997, after serving as assistant golf coach for both the men's and women's golf teams at Washington State University since August of 1994.
"Jill brings with her excellent experience coaching in a very competitive conference -- the PAC-10," said UW Athletics Director Lee Moon. "In addition to her excellent credentials as an assistant coach, she was also a player at Washington State.
"Jill is originally from the state of Montana, which we feel is a big plus in terms of recruiting and understanding what it will take to be successful here at Wyoming. We are very pleased to have her join our staff."
"I'm very excited about this opportunity," said Johnson. "I've learned a lot in my three years as an assistant coach. I feel I'm ready to use what I've learned and combine that with my own ideas about coaching to make the Wyoming women's golf program a successful one."
Johnson is a native of Butte, Mont. After graduation from Butte High School, she played golf at Washington State from 1987-91. While in college, she earned Honorable Mention Academic All-Conference honors, and was a member of the Pacific-10 Conference All-Star Team that toured the Orient in 1988.
Over a three-year period from 1989-91, she returned to her home state of Montana to capture the State Amateur Championship in 1990 and finish second in both 1989 and '91.
Following college, she played on the Player's West Golf Tour for the 1992, '93 and '94 seasons. She is an apprentice member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional Division. Johnson replaced Kyle Linton, who resigned as Wyoming women's golf coach in January of 1997 to enter private business. UW men's golf coach Roger Prenzlow served as interim women's coach during the 1997 spring season.
At Washington State, Johnson was involved in all aspects of managing a college golf program. She provided individual instruction to both men's and women's players to help in improving various facets of their games. She coordinated practice and workout schedules. Johnson also assisted with tournament scheduling, recruiting and budgeting, and helped coordinate team travel.
In addition to her college coaching experience, Johnson has also served as an assistant golf professional at the Washington State University Golf Course, and as a staff assistant at the Butte Country Club in Butte, Mont.
Johnson received her bachelor of arts degree in business administration and marketing from Washington State in December of 1991.