Johnson named head coach for Laker volleyball

Jason Johnson standing with arms crossed at a game.
Jason Johnson has been named head coach for Laker volleyball; Johnson joined the program as assistant 23 years ago.
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Jason Johnson, longtime Laker associate head volleyball coach, has been named head coach, taking over for Deanne Scanlon, who retired July 27 as the program's all-time winningest coach.

Keri Becker, athletic director, said Johnson has played a key role in the success of Laker volleyball for more than 20 years.

“I have watched Jason prepare for this moment to be a head coach and while he had plenty of opportunities to seek head coaching positions throughout his career, he remained committed to GVSU," Becker said. "The relationships he has with current student athletes, alumni and recruiting networks will serve him well as he honors traditions of the past and creates new ones into the future."

Johnson said he is grateful to be given an opportunity to lead Laker volleyball and called Scanlon a mentor.

“It has been a privilege working alongside coach Scanlon, building a strong, nationally recognized volleyball program over the past 20-plus years," he said. "She has been an amazing leader for our program, mentor to myself and the young women who have played for us, as well as a great friend."

Deanne Scanlon stands at a volleyball game with arms crossed
Deanne Scanlon announces her retirement after 26 years of leading Laker volleyball.
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Scanlon ends a 26-year career with a record of 615-225 and a GLIAC record of 350-108. She has guided the Lakers to 24 winning seasons, including the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship.

Scanlon was the second person to coach Laker volleyball, taking over for Joan Boand in 1995.

"It is satisfying to have had a career that can be measured with success on the court, and I am very proud of our accomplishments and championships, " Scanlon said. "As a working mom, it was always important for me to be a good role model for the players and hopefully give them some tools that will help them as they transition into life after volleyball."

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