Steve Johnson Returns to College
CHN Staff Report
ST. CLOUD, Minn. Steve Johnson has been named an assistant coach at St. Cloud State, replacing Eric Rud, who left for the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers.
“Steve (Johnson) has been one of the most successful coaches in the history of the USHL and he is one of the great players in the history of the WCHA. His experiences as a player and a coach will be a huge asset for our program,” said SCSU head coach Bob Motzko.
Johnson most recently served as the head coach of the Fargo Force of the USHL during the 2009-10 season. At Fargo, Johnson’s team was 45-22 overall and runner-up in the 2010 Clark Cup finals after replacing former Fargo coach Dean Blais in 2009.
Johnson began coaching in the USHL with a stop at Fargo-Moorhead in 1995-96. He was then named the head coach of the Lincoln Stars the next season. In his first season at Lincoln, Johnson guided his club to a 40-13-1 record and a Clark Cup championship.
He was named the USHL Coach of the Year in 1996, 2000 and 2001, and he led the Stars to a second Clark Cup title (USHL postseason championship) in 2003.
A Grand Forks, N.D. native, Johnson skated for North Dakota from 1984 to 1988. In his senior season, Johnson was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and was named the WCHA Student-Athlete of the Year in 1988. In 1987, North Dakota won the national title.
In his four years at UND, Johnson recorded 191 points (70g/121a) over 153 career games. As a senior, Johnson posted 85 points (34g/51a) for UND.
A 1987 draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, Johnson played professionally for two seasons in the IHL with the Milwaukee Admirals and the Phoenix Roadrunners.