Tracie Johnson, now entering her 24th year as the Lady Rebel’s head coach, heads the Lee College volleyball team. Coach Johnson joined Lee College in 1988 after a successful two-year stint coaching volleyball, basketball and track for the Sheldon Independent School District.
Coach Johnson graduated from Lee College in 1984 with an associate of arts degree, and then received a bachelor’s of arts degree in teaching (with an emphasis in physical education) from Sam Houston State University in 1986. Coach Johnson earned a master’s of science in physical education from Texas Southern University.
During her tenure at Lee College, Coach Johnson has increased the competitiveness of the program to a national level. Coach Johnson’s leadership has awarded the Lady Rebels six trips to the NJCAA National Tournament (1997, 1999-2003).
Coach Johnson’s devotion to the Lady Rebels has earned her an AVCA Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2001 and six NJCAA District Coach of the Year awards (1997, 1999-2003). Additionally, Coach Johnson has led the Lady Rebels to the Region XIV playoffs 19 times in her 22 years of coaching. Coach Johnson’s career record at Lee College is an impressive 579-309 (.652), the second highest win total among all active NJCAA coaches.
With her own roots being firmly planted in the Baytown area, Coach Johnson is a firm believer in recruiting the best local talent available. During her years at Lee College, she has coached 31 players that were products of Baytown high schools. In addition to that, Coach Johnson has had over 50 players play for her that reside in the Lee College service area.
Along with leading the Lady Rebels into future success, Coach Johnson believes very strongly about giving back to the community. In 1989, Coach Johnson started summer volleyball camps for area teens. What once started small in numbers, Coach Johnson’s volleyball camps have now grown enormously with the growing success and interest the surrounding areas have had with the sport of volleyball. Additionally, in 2002, Coach Johnson founded a non-profit volleyball club for the benefit of adolescent girls in the Baytown and surrounding communities. Dubbed “Texas Eastside,” the club is associated with USA Volleyball and has provided opportunities to hundreds of girls in the past nine years.
In addition to her coaching duties, Coach Johnson is an instructor in the kinesiology division, where she teaches Community First Aid and Safety, CPR for the professional rescuer, Sports Safety and a number of activity courses.
Coach Johnson is a native of Highlands, a graduate of Ross S. Sterling, is married to David, and has one son, Adam.