Zach Johnson returns for his sixth season as a volunteer assistant with the West Virginia University women’s soccer team. He serves as WVU’s goalkeeper coach, while assisting with the team’s daily training sessions and game preparations.
West Virginia’s defenses have posted 56 shutouts in 79 matches over the last five seasons, with 48 credited to goalkeepers Sara Keane and Hannah Steadman.
WVU enjoyed a record-setting season in 2015, posting a school-best 15 shutouts, with Steadman earning credit for 12, the second-best program season total. The shutout total ranked No. 3 in the NCAA. The Mountaineers allowed just 11 goals, the fewest in program history, and 44 corner kicks all season and ranked No. 5 nationally in goals-against average (0.471) and shutout percentage (0.652).
Steadman capped her two-year Mountaineer career with NSCAA All-Region Third Team and All-Big 12 Second Team honors. She also set the WVU career goals-against average (0.59) record and ranks No. 5 all-time in career shutouts (23).
In 2014, the Mountaineers posted 12 shutouts, 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), shutouts (36), 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.