Former Mizzou All-American, 2000 Olympic runner-up added to wrestling staff
Missouri reaffirms long-term commitment to wrestling with Smith extension
Johnston promoted to assistant; two former Tigers return to program
Current and former Tigers will get their chance to qualify for the Olympics this Saturday and Sunday
Volunteer Assistant Coach Joe Johnston finished in second
NCAA Wrestling Nationals, Session Three. Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, Iowa. March 22, 2013.
NCAA Wrestling Nationals, Session One. Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, Iowa. March 21, 2013.
NCAA Wrestling Nationals, Session Two. Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, Iowa. March 21, 2013.
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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