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Gina Johnson (17th Season, 21st Career Head CC Coach)
Coach Johnson begins her 17th season with the Lady Mustangs Basketball program (395-146) and 21st as a Community College Head Coach (480-173). The Lady Mustangs have been a program to contend with since Coach Johnson took over in 1996 and led the Mustangs to their first Bay Valley Conference title in 1997. Under Coach Johnson, the Mustangs have advanced to post season competition in all sixteen seasons as head coach. The Mustangs continued their success in the Bay Valley Conference as Champions in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. San Joaquin Delta Women's Basketball became members of a new conference (Big 8) in 2005 and went on to win the conference championship of the Big 8 in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The Mustangs finished 4th in the Big 8 Conference in 2012 and advanced to the Northern California Playoffs beating DeAnza College (62-47) advancing to face San Francisco in the Northern California Playoffs.
In her sixteen years as a head coach at Delta, Gina Johnson has enjoyed the competition of the tough Bay Valley Conference and the Big 8 Conference. In the 1996-97 season, the Lady Mustangs participated in a Cinderella season for a program that had been struggling in previous years. Delta fell one game short of finishing an undefeated conference schedule (13-1). The Lady Mustangs finished the season 24-7 and went on to the second round of playoff competition. Since 1997, the Lady Mustangs have been a team to contend with in the Bay Valley Conference. In 2001-02, the Lady Mustangs finished 29-7 and were one game shy of competing for the California State Championship Game. The Delta Mustangs have qualified for the playoffs all sixteen seasons Johnson has coached at Delta College.
Coach Johnson was named Northern California Coach of the Year by her colleagues for the many successes in 2002. The Mustangs have gone on to dominate the conference winning 8 championships in the past eleven years. Coach Johnson has been named Conference Coach of the Year 2004 through 2008. Johnson is proud of the players that have graduated and or transferred to a four-year institution. There are 50 former Mustangs that have earned basketball scholarships since 1996 and 14 of them have signed to Division I Institutions. The Mustangs have a very high transfer and graduation rate over the years. This is due to the strong academic focus within the Delta Women’s Basketball program.
Coach Johnson believes in an up-tempo style of offense and tough defensive full court play. Johnson’s goal as a coach is to help develop her student-athletes on and off the basketball court. Her main objective is to prepare her athletes to transfer, and assist them in earning an athletic scholarship. Coach Johnson wants to do what it takes to prepare her student-athletes for the academic and athletic demands that four-year schools place on student-athletes.
Coach Johnson is a 1991 graduate of Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. She finished her playing career in 1990 as a two-year starting guard for the Cal Poly Lady Mustangs. Prior to Cal Poly, Johnson was a junior college All-Conference player for DeAnza College. She was named MVP of the Coast Conference in 1988 and was honored as a player to the California Community College First Team All-State. She holds a Masters Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from St. Mary's College in Moraga. Coach Johnson is married to Mike Johnson and has two children- Brandon (15) and Brady (12).
San Joaquin Delta College