Katie Johnston enters her first season as the Blinn College assistant men’s and women’s golf coach after serving as a graduate assistant for the Hardin-Simmons University men’s and women’s golf teams for two seasons.
As a graduate assistant, Johnston assisted the head coach in the recruitment of prospective student athletes, planning practices, scheduling tournaments, providing transportation, mentoring players on and off the golf course, and monitoring academic success.
In Fall 2017, Johnston helped lead the men’s golf team to a first-place finish at the Alamo Classic and two top-three finishes and helped guide the women’s team to two top-three finishes. In Spring 2018, the men had three top-five finishes and a team scoring average of 305, while the women had four top-three finishes and a scoring average of 330.
In Fall 2018, the men’s team placed in the top-five at three tournaments, maintained a team scoring average of 297, set a school record, had one individual win and one American Southwest Conference Golfer of the Week. The women’s team placed first at the Rockwind Links Intercollegiate, the Lady Crusader Invitational, and the Abilene Intercollegiate, maintained a team scoring average of 320, and had two individual wins and two ASC Golfers of the Week.
In 2017-18, the men’s team received the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Sportsmanship Award while the women’s team received Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Academic Honors and one player was named an All-American Scholar.
Johnston spent two semesters as a racquetball teacher at Hardin-Simmons and received her Master of Education in Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation this spring.
Prior to Hardin-Simmons, Johnston was a member of the Cameron University women’s golf team. She made four consecutive NCAA conference tournament appearances in 2014-2017 and made the Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s honor roll from 2015-17.
In 2014, she was the individual champion at the Texas A&M-Commerce Invitational and a Lone Star Conference Golfer of the Week. In 2014 and 2015, she had three top-10 finishes and was the captain of the women’s golf team her senior year.
In 2017, she graduated from Cameron with a Bachelor of Science in sports and exercise science.