Noel Johnson (basketball) is confirmed dead at the age of last.
Noel was best known as a ovarian cancer.
Noel Johnson
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Biographical details
Born(1971-12-01)December 1, 1971
Shamrock, Texas
DiedJune 9, 2020(2020-06-09) (aged 47)
Playing career
1991–1995Texas Tech
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998–2007Texas State (assistant)
2007–2008North Texas (assistant)
2009–2020Midwestern State
Head coaching record
Overall158–164 (.491)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
As player:
NCAA champion (1993)
Noel Dawn Johnson (December 1, 1972 – June 9, 2020) was an American basketball player and the head coach of the Midwestern State Mustangs women's basketball team. She played for the national championship Texas Tech Lady Raiders in 1993.
Contents
1 Early years
2 College
3 Texas Tech Stats
4 Post-graduate
5 Awards and honors
6 Coaching career
7 Coaching statistics
8 Death
9 References
Early years
Johnson was a West Texas native, born in Shamrock, Texas to Dean and Agatha Johnson, and then growing up in Kelton, Texas. During her junior year in high school, her family moved to Nazareth, Texas where she played basketball for Nazareth High. She helped her team win two class IA state titles in basketball.
College
Johnson attended Texas Tech University and played for four years on the women's basketball team. The Lady Raiders won the Southwest Conference all four years, were invited to the NCAA postseason tournament all four years, making it least as far as the Sweet Sixteen each year, and won the national championship in 1993. The team was coached by Marsha Sharp who would go on to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
Johnson played point guard during her four years at Texas Tech. In the first nine years that Texas Tech played in the Southwest conference, they finished second or third each year. In Johnson's freshman year, the team recorded a record of 27–5 and won the first of five consecutive conference championships. Sheryl Swoopes had transferred to Texas Tech from South Plains College, and the team went on to earn a first round by in the NCAA Tournament in 1992, then beating Santa Clara in the second round to reach the Sweet 16. They lost the next game to Stanford who went on to win the national championship that year. They ended the season ranked number 12 in the AP rankings, their highest ever ranking. In her freshman year Johnson hit 23 of her 53 point field-goal attempts resulting in a percentage of 46.0%, the highest on the team.
In her sophomore year, the team again won the Southwest conference regular-season tournament and the postseason tournament. The team earned the second seed in the West regional of the 1993 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament behind the previous year's national champion Stanford. However, Colorado upset Stanford in the regional semi finals. Texas Tech earned a first-round by then beat Washington by six points in the second round, and went on to beat Southern California by 20 points in the regional semi-finals. they faced Colorado in the regional finals but one easily by 25 points sending Texas Tech to the first ever Final Four. In the national semi finals, Texas Tech faced Vanderbilt, also appearing in the first Final Four but won easily 60–46. The championship game was against Ohio State who had won their national semifinal in overtime. while the star of the championship game was clearly Swoopes, who scored an NCAA record 47 points in the game, Johnson hit four free throws to give Texas Tech an eight point lead with only 20 seconds left to play. Those free throws were key, as Ohio State hit two three pointers in the final 10 seconds. Texas Tech ended up with the 84–82 when in their first ever national championship.
In her junior year, Johnson helped lead her team to another NCAA tournament. They reached the Sweet 16 but were upset by Alabama in the regional semi finals. As a senior, Johnson helped her team to a 33–4 record. the team again made the NCAA tournament and reached the regional semifinals where they lost to Tennessee.
Texas Tech Stats
Sources:
Legend
  GP
Games played
  GS 
Games started
 MPG 
Minutes per game
 FG% 
Field goal percentage
 3P% 
3-point field goal percentage
 FT% 
Free throw percentage
 RPG 
Rebounds per game
 APG 
Assists per game
 SPG 
Steals per game
 BPG 
Blocks per game
 PPG 
Points per game
 Bold 
Career high
Year
Team
        GP
Points
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
1992
Texas Tech
31
175
48.3%
46.0%
70.8%
2.6
2.4
1.5
0.1
5.6
1993
Texas Tech
34
300
46.1%
40.7%
76.4%
3.8
3.9
1.9
0.2
8.8
1994
Texas Tech
33
395
42.9%
43.8%
67.3%
4.6
3.3
2
0.2
12
1995
Texas Tech
37
374
44.6%
41.2%
58.3%
4.1
2.8
2.3
0
10.1
135
1244
45.4%
42.8%
67.9%
3.8
3.1
1.9
0.1
9.2
Post-graduate
She earned a Masters degree in education at Texas State in 2002.
Awards and honors
2005—Texas Tech Hall of Honor
2012—Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year
2013—Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Small School Coach of the Year
2018—Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame
2019—Southwest Conference Hall of Fame
Coaching career
Johnson served as an administrative intern at Texas Tech, and served as a coach and counselor at the basketball camps run by Texas Tech head coach Marsha Sharp between 1992 and 1997, but her first formal coaching position was at Texas State. She was named as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team in 1998. she continued at this school, becoming the associate head coach, and remained until 2007. while she was at Texas State, she helped the team when the Southland Conference Championship in 2003. In 2007, she took a position as an assistant coach at North Texas.
In 2009, Johnson was named as the head coach at Midwestern State. She served as the head coach for 12 seasons. although she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2019 she continued to coach until January 30, 2020 and returned to the school to participate in senior day activities. Her teams won 159 games while she was head coach, making her the winningest coach in school history. During her tenure as head coach, every one of the 37 athletes who completed their eligibility earned a degree. She was named the Lone Star Conference Coach of the year in 2012.
Coaching statistics
Source
Statistics overview
Season
Team
Overall
Conference
Standing
Postseason
Midwestern State University (Lone Star Conference) (2008–2020)
2008–09
Midwestern
8–18
3–9
6th
2009–10
Midwestern
9–17
2–10
7th
2010–11
Midwestern
10–16
6–8
5th
2011–12
Midwestern
19–8
15–5
3rd
2012–13
Midwestern
26–6
16–4
1st
NCAA II South Central Finals
2013–14
Midwestern
18–12
9–7
4th
NCAA II South Central Quarterfinals
2014–15
Midwestern
23–7
8–18
2nd
NCAA II South Central Quarterfinals
2015–16
Midwestern
5–22
4–12
8th
2016–17
Midwestern
8–18
5–15
9th
2017–18
Midwestern
13–14
10–10
7th
2018–19
Midwestern
12-16
9–11
6th
2019–20
Midwestern
7–10
5–8
Midwestern:
158–164 (.491)
Total:
158–164 (.491)
      National champion  
      Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion  
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion
      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion
Death
In April 2019 Johnson was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. she battled the cancer for over a year, but lost her battle in June 2020 at the age of 47.
Marsha Sharp issued a statement:
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