August 12, 2011



Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Kristen Johnson ’11 as the assistant women’s volleyball coach. She will assist Head Coach Elysce Tackmann in all phases of the program including, recruiting, scouting, administering practice and match coaching.


“I am thrilled to be back in the Rhode Island College women’s volleyball program,” Johnson said. “I had a great experience as a student-athlete and feel I have a lot to contribute.”




Tackmann added, “I am extremely excited about working with Kristen. I think that with both of our athletic backgrounds, hard work, commitment and dedication, we will be extremely successful. She will be a great asset to the volleyball program.”


Johnson closed out her four-year career (2006-09) as an Anchorwoman having played in 270 games in 105 matches as a middle blocker. She totaled 242 kills, .066 hitting percentage (.90/game) and 151 blocks (.56/game).  Johnson was 10th all-time at RIC in career blocks at the time of her graduation.



 Kristen Johnson and her parents on Senior Day 2009


As a senior in 2009, she played in 63 games in 28 matches. She totaled 67 kills (1.06/game), a .146 hitting percentage and 59 blocks (.94/game). Johnson was tied for third on the team in blocks.


As a junior in 2008, Johnson played in 109 games in 31 matches. She totaled 109 kills (1.0/game) and 53 blocks (.49/game). Johnson was second on the team in blocks.


As a sophomore in 2007, she played in 71 games in 29 matches. She totaled 55 kills (.77), a .086 hitting percentage, 11 assists (.15/game), 18 digs (.25/game) and 26 blocks (.37/game). 




As a freshman in 2006, Johnson played in 27 games in 17 matches, totaling 11 kills (.41/game), eight assists (.30/game), eight digs (.30/game) and 13 blocks (.48/game).


She is a 2006 graduate of East Providence High School.  She played three seasons of volleyball under Luis Carvalho, who later became her college coach at RIC, while with the Townies.


Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Rhode Island College in 2011. She was a member of the Rhode Island College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.


In addition to her coaching duties, Johnson is an elementary education teacher in both the East Providence and Pawtucket school systems.


She is single and resides in East Providence, Rhode Island.