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Redbirds Extend Johnson Through 2027

Written by on January 13, 2022

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NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State athletics announced Thursday that Redbird Volleyball Head Coach Leah Johnson has signed a five-year contract extension that goes through 2027.

“Leah has built a powerhouse program that continues to push boundaries and strive for more with each championship,” ISU Athletic Director Kyler Brennan said. “We are grateful to have her at the helm of Illinois State Volleyball and can’t wait to watch her win more championships as a Redbird.”

Since Johnson took over in 2017 as head coach, she has led the Redbirds to five post-season appearances, and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, something ISU has not done since 1982-1985. During her time here as a Redbird she has a 104-53 record.

“I’d like to thank President Kinzy, Kyle Brennan and Leanna Bordner for the continued privilege of leading the Redbird Volleyball program,” Johnson said. “Their willingness to extend and improve the terms of my contract is just one example of the many ways they have invested in me, my family, my staff and the success of the volleyball program. I am honored to embrace the responsibility and opportunity to serve alongside visionary leaders like President Kinzy and Kyle as they grow Redbird Athletics and the university. I am fortunate to work in such a special place that respects and reflects my values and empowers me to pursue and achieve my goals.”

The Redbirds have finished top-three in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season in all five seasons under Johnson. She led them to regular season titles in 2018 and 2020, as well as three-straight MVC Tournament Titles. ISU had not won three-straight titles since 1982-1985.

“I do not want to miss an opportunity to say thank you to our fans, the Redbird alumni, and the Bloomington-Normal community,” Johnson said. “I love and appreciate all of your support, and I can’t wait to see you in Redbird Arena again soon.  Finally, I want to thank the past, present, and future Redbird volleyball players. I love this team and our culture, and I am excited to build upon our past tradition of success through effort and service, while striving to grow Redbird Volleyball on a national stage. As always, go you Redbirds.”