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Doane College Athletic Director Greg Heier announced today that Duane Johnson has been selected head women's soccer coach for the Tigers.
A native of Lincoln, Neb., Johnson has served the past two years as head coach at Lincoln Southeast High School.
"I believe hiring Duane sends a message about how serious we are about our soccer program at Doane," said Heier. "Duane is a highly successful high school coach and he has coached at every level of club soccer in Lincoln. Having two children who have attended Doane College and played soccer, Duane knows first-hand the outstanding experience we have to offer here at Doane and he will do an outstanding job leading our soccer program."
Johnson has been coaching soccer since 1988 when he started with Lincoln area youths. In 1999, he served as an assistant for the Lincoln Pius X girl's team. In 2000, Johnson joined Lincoln Southeast as a varsity assistant and took over the junior varsity program in 2001. He was named head coach of the varsity team in 2004.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to be part of a great institution," Johnson commented. "My wife, Suzy, and I have been involved with Doane soccer as parents since 2002. The key to a successful program is not only recruiting the best possible athlete, you also want the athlete to be a good student. I want the players to know that I want them to succeed on and off the field."
Johnson replaces Marcus McCarthy, who was release of his duties in late October. McCarthy compiled a 3-13-1 record in one season.
The Tigers return several players including Second Team All-GPAC Erin Keegan for the 2007 season. The Tigers graduate three seniors, but lose only one starter from the 2006 squad.