Dr. Eric Johnson
Director of Soccer | Head Mens Soccer Coach
Dr. Eric Johnson, the all-time winningest mens soccer coach in Summit League history, will expand his head coaching duties at Western Illinois University. Director of Athletics Matt Tanney announced that Johnson agreed to take over as Director of the Soccer programs and serve as the head coach for both the mens and, in 2016, the womens team.
In his 19 years as head coach of the Leatherneck mens team, Johnson owns a 157-179-35 record and taken six of his last 12 teams to the NCAA Division I College Cup. Western has won four regular season conference titles, six conference tournament titles and made eight appearances in the tournament championship match. Overall in his 24 years as a head coach, he owns a 200-232-39 record on the mens side.
“I am really looking forward to working with the womens team. They are a dedicated and motivated group and will be fun to work with,” said Johnson, who has already been running the womens team off-season drills. “I enjoy coaching and the challenge of coaching two teams will be a lot of fun.”,
2015 saw Johnson lead the Leathernecks to their fifth-straight Summit League Tournament appearance. Johnson coached Summit League Offensive Player of the Year, Drew Whalen, as well as a pair of Second Team All-Summit League honorees (Austin Gochneaur, Erick Bloom). The 2015 squad finished the season with the leagues highest-scoring offense, as Western led The Summit League in both goals (28) and assists (26). Western qualified for the tournament with a 3-3 league mark, with victories over Omaha (2-1), IUPUI (2-1), and Eastern Illinois (6-0). A defeat to top-seeded Denver in the opening round of the tournament ended the season for Western, who closed 2015 with a 6-11-1 mark.