Johnson to Pursue Other Opportunities

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU head women's tennis coach Joey Johnson today announced he is resigning his position at the University effective immediately to pursue other opportunities.

Johnson led BYU women’s tennis to a 2009-10 record of 9-13, finishing fourth in the Mountain West Conference at 5-3.

Prior to coming to BYU Johnson spent his professional career coaching and training top-level tennis players. From 2001-03 he trained on the ATP Pro Tour as a private coach. Johnson also spent four years as the Director of Tennis at Woodmoor Country Club in Monument, Colo., and three years at the Denver Tennis Club. Prior to that, he coached at several academies in the Southern California region. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Mississippi.

“We appreciate coach Johnson’s service to BYU,” said associate athletics director Janie Penfield. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Lauren Jones Spencer, who has been the assistant women’s coach for the past two seasons, has been named the interim head coach for the upcoming 2010-11 season.

Jones played tennis at BYU from 2003-07 where as a senior she was ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Central Region preseason polls. She and doubles partner Sofia Holden placed second in the Wilson/ITA Central-West Championships. She was undefeated at the 2007 MWC tournament and finished the season with a career-best singles record of 25-13, along with a 23-12 doubles record. She was named first-team All-Mountain West in both singles and doubles.