Union, N.J. (10/13/17) – The Kean University athletics department has announced the hiring of Barbara "B.J." Johnson as the sixth head coach of the women's lacrosse program.
"We are very excited to have B.J. Johnson join our Cougar family as our head women's lacrosse coach," said Director of Athletics Jack McKiernan. "B.J. brings a wealth of experience as a successful head coach and player, a passion for the game, and a deep level of commitment to developing our athletes as students and members of our campus community. We are thrilled to welcome her to Kean and excited for the future of the program."
Johnson comes to Kean after stops at Rutgers University, Mount St. Mary's University, Penn State University, Temple University and The College of New Jersey.
"I am extremely excited and honored to be the new head coach at Kean University," stated Johnson. "I look forward to working with the great student-athletes that are a part of the lacrosse program. I want to thank Jack McKiernan for the opportunity to be a part of the Kean family."
Johnson was a member of the Rutgers women's lacrosse staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the past four seasons.
Previously she served as the head coach of Mount St. Mary's for four seasons, leading the Mountaineers to three Northeast Conference Tournament berths. During her tenure Johnson coached one NEC Defensive Player of the Year (2011), seven All-NEC first teamers, seven All-NEC second-team selections and three All-Rookie team selections. In addition, the Mountaineers won the NEC Sportsmanship Award in 2011 and 2014.
In 2013, she guided Mount St. Mary's to the NEC Tournament for the 11th consecutive season and tied the NEC record with 15 overall trips. The squad put together a 6-3 record in the NEC.
Johnson made an immediate impact on the program in her first season in 2011, leading the Mountaineers to the NEC Championship game for the first time since the 2007 season and the fifth time overall. Mount St. Mary's finished 8-11 overall and 6-3 in NEC play.
From 2007-2010 she was an assistant at her alma mater, Penn State. While with the Nittany Lions, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, working with both the offense and defense, scouting and film breakdown.
Johnson began her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at The College of New Jersey, helping the team to the Division III National Championship game in 2004. She was an assistant coach at Temple for two seasons (2005-06), guiding the Owls to the Atlantic 10 regular season title in 2005.
A 2003 graduate of Penn State, Johnson earned Regional All-America honors in 2000 and 2001 as a midfielder with the Nittany Lions. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and earned her master's in physical education with a concentration in athletic administration from TCNJ in 2005.