Feb. 9, 2007
Angie Johnson has a smile that’s intoxicating which makes her perfect in her role as recruiting coordinator for the Florida State women’s basketball program. Since 2004-05, Johnson has served in this position which includes organizing all correspondence with prospective student-athletes, coordinating recruiting visits and traveling and scouring the country evaluating talent and finding those student-athletes who best fit the Seminole program. Johnson’s ability in this effort is obvious as Florida State signed six freshmen for the 2005-06 season, marking the largest recruiting class in the Semrau era, and snagged two of the state’s most coveted players for 2006-07.
So as an assistant coach for the Seminoles, what else does Johnson do? More appropriately, what doesn’t she do? Johnson has literally been in the mix in every aspect of the program in her 10 seasons since coming to Tallahassee with head coach Sue Semrau in 1997. During her tenure at FSU, Johnson has, at one time or another, worked closely with the women’s basketball support club, the Hoop Troop, coordinated the Seminole Girls Basketball Camp, had oversight of the team managers and assisted with the design and ordering of equipment.
“Angie’s commitment and loyalty to this program is a big reason for our growth and success,” Semrau said. “She is a tireless worker, a tremendous recruiter, has a sharp basketball mind and represents me well in her association with others. Many great programs have longtime assistant coaches. It’s been a huge compliment for me to have Angie Johnson as a part of the Seminole family for the past 10 years.”
While her attention to detail and her willingness to work hours upon hours to get the job done is what makes her a successful assistant coach, it’s her compassion for people and her genuine concern for the well-being of others that makes her a special person.
Johnson has made the overall development of the women’s basketball players her priority and this starts with their success in the classroom. Over the years, she has worked closely with Florida State’s athletic academic support staff in monitoring the academic progress of the Seminoles. Over the past several seasons, FSU women’s basketball has carved its place on the ACC Academic Honor Roll, ranking among the top women’s basketball teams in the league for number of members. With Johnson’s oversight, FSU has had 30 players named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll since 1997-98.
The veteran of the FSU assistant coaches, Johnson has also been instrumental in helping ease the transition with new coaches and staff. Her warm and caring demeanor have made newcomers feel welcome from the moment they get to Florida State.
“Angie is someone who not only makes you feel welcomed and cared about, but also anyone else you bring into the Seminole family,” Associate Head Coach Cori Close said. “She makes a positive, lasting impression on everyone she meets because she has a way of making those around her feel important. She really cares about people.”
While the last decade at Florida State for Johnson and the Seminole women’s basketball program has not been without its challenges, what Johnson has experienced and learned from being at FSU is immeasurable.
“My 10 years at FSU have been great, filled with laughter, pain and many, many life lessons,” Johnson said. “It’s been a decade of professional and personal growth and a constant test of my faith. So many people have come and gone all of whom have made these past 10 years extra special and that’s what it’s been about….the people. I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime, none of which could have been possible without Coach Sue. To her, I am grateful for the faith and belief she had in me and for granting me the opportunity to be a part of the vision she was given for this program. It has truly been an honor!”