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Olympic Coach Mark Johnson

  • 2010 Olympic women's ice hockey coach (named Jan. 27, 2009)
  • UW head women's hockey coach, 2002-present
  • UW assistant men's hockey coach, 1996-2002
  • NHL professional player, 1980-92
  • 1980 Olympics (gold medal men's hockey "Miracle on Ice" team)
  • University of Wisconsin hockey player and All-American, 1976- 1979

Mark Johnson continued his stellar hockey career by being named the 2010 U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey coach. The honor follows a succession of awards and performances by one of the most decorated athletes or coaches in the history of the University of Wisconsin.

As a UW athlete, Johnson made ice hockey history during his collegiate career from 1976-79. Playing under his father, Wisconsin Hall of Famer "Badger Bob" Johnson, the Madison native was the first Badger to ever win the WCHA Rookie of the Year. During his freshman year, Johnson helped the Badgers win the 1977 NCAA National Championship. Johnson, who was a two time All-American, remains the school's second all-time leading scorer (256 points) and holds the record for most goals scored in a career and in a season.

Upon finishing his collegiate career, Johnson played in 11 training games for the 1976 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team and again represented the U.S. in 13 international tournaments. Johnson ended his amateur career with a gold medal as the star player on the 1980 U.S. "Miracle on Ice" Olympic Team. He scored two goals in the semi-finals victory against the Soviet Union at the Lake Placid winter games. During the championship game against Finland, Johnson assisted on the game-winning goal and scored short-handed to seal the gold medal for the U.S.

Following the Olympics, Johnson played 11 years in the NHL following his Olympic career, playing for Minnesota, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Hartford. Johnson was named an NHL All-Star in 1984 and played in 37 NHL playoff games in his career.

Although Johnson retired in 1992, he has never completely left the sport. In 1996, he returned to UW-Madison as the assistant men's hockey coach. In 2002 was named the head coach for the UW women's team and led the Badgers to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007.

In 2001, Johnson was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame and became a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004. He joined the State of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, and is a charter member of the UW Athletics Hall of Fame. He lives in Madison with his wife, Leslie, and is the father of five children including son Patrick, who plays for the UW men's hockey team.

United States National Team Coach
2000 Men's World Championship (Assistant)
2002 Men's World Championship (Assistant)
2006 Women's Four Nations Cup (Head)
2007 Women's World Championship (Head)
2007 Women's Under-22 Select Team (Head)
2008 Women's Under-18 Select Team (Head)

United States National Team Playing Experience

Johnson has represented USA Hockey as a player in 13 international tournaments, with his most recent appearance as part of the U.S. National Team at the 1998 IIHF (A-Pool) World Championship Qualification Tournament in Austria. Most notably, he led the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team's gold medal-winning effort with 11 points, including two goals in the "Miracle-On-Ice" against the Soviet Union and an assist on the game-winning goal against Finland in the final.

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