Joe Johnston
Joe  Johnston

Last College:
Iowa, 2006

Assistant Coach



Mizzou Wrestling Honored At Missouri State Capitol

Coaches and student-athletes were honored on the house floor, and also received an exclusive tour of the building


Olympic Medalist Sammie Henson Named Assistant Coach

Former Mizzou All-American, 2000 Olympic runner-up added to wrestling staff


Smith, Mizzou Agree to Contract Extension

Missouri reaffirms long-term commitment to wrestling with Smith extension


Wrestling Announces Coaching Staff Additions

Johnston promoted to assistant; two former Tigers return to program


Five Tigers Set for Olympic Trials This Weekend

Current and former Tigers will get their chance to qualify for the Olympics this Saturday and Sunday


NCAA Wrestling Nationals - Session Three

NCAA Wrestling Nationals, Session Three. Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, Iowa. March 22, 2013.


NCAA Wrestling Nationals - Session One

NCAA Wrestling Nationals, Session One. Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, Iowa. March 21, 2013.


NCAA Wrestling Nationals - Session Two

NCAA Wrestling Nationals, Session Two. Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, Iowa. March 21, 2013.


Johnston Coach
Joe Johnston begins his third season as one of the Tigers' assistant coaches and his seventh season on staff altogether. While on staff at Missouri, Johnston has helped to produce 14 All- Americans and three National Champions. He has coached the Tiger wrestlers to three consecutive conference titles in 2012 (Big 12), 2013 and 2014 (MAC).

Johnston joined the Mizzou staff at the start of the 2008-09 campaign after serving two years as an assistant coach at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. While at Cornell College, Johnston coached the team to a seventh place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He produced six All-Americans in his two years as a coach for the Rams.

Johnston brings both collegiate coaching and wrestling experience to Mizzou. He was a two-time All-American for the University of Iowa at 157 pounds, placing 2nd as a junior in 2005, and 6th as a senior in 2006. He tallied a 113-45 career record as a Hawkeye, managing at least 26 victories in each season of competition.

A two-time team captain and Most Valuable Wrestler, the Hawkeye was a top-notch student in the classroom, earning J. Donald McPike senior award for highest grade-point average. Johnston graduated from Iowa in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in art education, and went on to earn his master's degree in educational psychology from the University of Missouri in 2013.

Johnston competed internationally in freestyle wrestling from 2006-12 placing multiple times in the U.S. nationals and qualifying for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Johnston is married to the former Melisa Katterhenry. They have a daughter, Ruby.

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