College - Louisiana Tech
A two-time WNBA All-Star, Vickie Johnson returns for her fourth season as assistant coach in 2014 after beginning her coaching career with the Stars in 2011.
During her three seasons as assistant coach, Johnson mentored the Stars guards to two of their most productive seasons in franchise history. The San Antonio backcourt set a record for total assists (642), assists per game (18.9), assist to turnover ratio (1.45) and total steals (302) in 2012 while setting the standard for fewest turnovers in a season (434) in 2011. Under Johnson’s tutelage, point guard Danielle Robinson earned unanimous selection to the WNBA All-Rookie team after leading league rookies in assists per game (3.9) in 2011, earned WNBA All-Defensive Team honors in 2012 and was named to the WNBA All Star Team in 2013. Veteran guard Becky Hammon earned her seventh WNBA All-Star selection in 2011 and finished the season ranked second in the WNBA in total assists (176) and assists per game (5.30) in 2012.
The first player in WNBA history to record 4,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career, Johnson finished with 4,243 points, 1,641 rebounds and 1,205 career assists. Johnson played 13 WNBA seasons, nine with the New York Liberty and four with the San Antonio Silver Stars, retiring as the league’s all-time leader in games (410) and minutes played (12,435). She was one of 10 players voted to the Silver Stars All-Decade Team in 2012, as part of the teams 10th season in San Antonio.
Johnson posted career averages of 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in her 13 seasons, averaging double-digit points in seven seasons. She started all but two of her 410 career games, including amassing a 159 consecutive-games started streak which currently ranks eighth in WNBA history.
A native of Coushatta, La. Johnson was originally selected by the New York Liberty in the second round (12 overall) of the WNBA Elite Draft on February 27, 1997 and became the first player in league history to play 300 games on July 7, 2006 vs. Houston. She signed with San Antonio as a free agent on February 9, 2006, becoming the first building block of Dan Hughes’ 2008 Western Conference Champion squad. Johnson helped lead the Silver Stars to its first WNBA Finals appearance and earned the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award following the 2008 season.
Johnson was a two-time All-American and Sun Belt Conference MVP at Louisiana Tech. She led Tech to the 1994 Final Four, was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 1995 and earned Louisiana Player of the Year honors in 1996. She finished her collegiate career with 1,891 career points and 831 rebounds and was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame.
Johnson – who also played professionally in Israel, France, Hungary and Turkey – retired from the WNBA following the 2009 season.