Zach Johnson returns for his fifth season as a volunteer assistant with the West Virginia University women’s soccer team. He serves as WVU’s goalkeeper coach, while assisting in daily training sessions and game preparation with the team.
West Virginia’s defenses have posted 41 shutouts in 60 victories over the last four seasons, with 33 credited to goalkeepers Sara Keane and Hannah Steadman.
The Mountaineers posted 12 shutouts in 2014, including five in Big 12 regular-season play, with four shutouts on the road, marking the first time in program history WVU posted a shutout in each of its road league matches. Steadman was credited with 11 of the shutouts, the third-best single season total in program history. She was named to the All-Big 12 Newcomer Team and the Big 12 All-Tournament Team.
Johnson put together one of the finest careers by a WVU men’s soccer player, earning All-Big East honors in three different seasons. The 2008 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year, Johnson set the school record for games played (80), minutes played (7.593), goals-against (60) and goals-against average (0.71).
A native of Lumberton, New Jersey, Johnson compiled 36 shutouts (second all-time) and made 282 saves (fourth all-time). A Big East Academic All-Star, he helped the Mountaineers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from WVU in 2010 and was named a 2010-11 Big East Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete winner.