Chad Johnson enters his second season as the Glory Head Coach. Last season, Glory’s inaugural season, Johnson and his staff, led the program to a 4-5-1 record in the WPSL Eastern Region, MidWest Conference. The record was good enough for fourth and one point shy of second place. The 2019 East Region, Midwest Conference All – Conference Team hosted four Green Bay Glory players.
Johnson has coached women’s and men’s soccer at several levels over the past thirty years in Wisconsin. Born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado, Chad attended Green Mountain High School where the Rams soccer team won a Colorado High School State Championship. Coach Johnson was named Dr. Pepper Colorado High School player of the year in 1988. Not only did Chad lead all Colorado High Schools in scoring but he also scored three goals in the State Championship game his Senior year. The Lakewood Hawks, Colorado Fury, Denver Kickers and the Lakewood Ballistics is where Chad played his youth soccer. Between these select teams, Coach Johnson was able to play in Mexico several times and throughout the United States. At the age of fourteen Chad was selected to participate in a twenty one day training / playing tour of Europe. Besides outdoor soccer experiences, Chads last Club Team, Colorado Fury, won two Mitre Indoor National Championships and finished second at a third Mitre National Championship.
In 1988 Chad accepted an athletic scholarship to advance his soccer and academic career at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Coach Johnson played only three seasons before breaking his left leg his senior year, an injury that ended his playing career. Before his injury Chad earned Team MVP honors, All Conference Selections, All Tournament Team at the Santa Clara Met Life Classic in California, and was selected Team Captain before his devastating injury. With the loss of the ability to play soccer at a high level, UWGB placed Chad as an Assistant Coach on their Women’s Soccer Team. Shortly before the 1993 season started, some changes took place and Chad was named part-time Head Coach for the UWGB Women’s Soccer Team. From 1993 to 1995 UWGB Women’s Soccer went 27-25-4 with Coach Johnson’s first season 1993 at 13-4-2 still recognized as the programs best record while competing at the NCAA D1 level. Johnson resigned after three seasons to search for full time work.
From 1999-2003 Johnson served as the Head Coach for the Saint Norbert Green Nights NCAA D3 Men’s Soccer and three seasons as the Saint Norbert Women’s Coach. Johnson led the Green Knight Men to their first Conference Championship in fifteen years and a post season invite to the NCAA D3 National Tournament for the first time in program history. Coach Johnson was named Men’s Conference Coach of the Year and Women’s Conference Coach of the Year during his four years at SNC. Johnson resigned from both programs to start a full time career in medical sales. Interesting note, current Glory Assistant Coach and Saint Norbert Hall of Fame inductee, Adam Winters, played for Johnson at Saint Norbert and as a youth player.
Chad has been a constant in Green Bay area youth soccer for over 30 years. He’s also coached at multiple area high schools and is currently a staff coach for the United Hurricanes in Green Bay, WI, where his girls team won the Wisconsin State Cup in 2016. Coach Johnson is married to Tricia Simoens Johnson, an Art Teacher at Forest Glen Elementary in Howard. They have three kids, Cade, McKenzie, Paige and a Puggle named Burton. Paige is a freshman at Bay Port HS where she participates in volleyball and softball. McKenzie is a Bay Port senior and plays basketball and soccer. McKenzie and her Bay Port teammates have won two WIAA Championship gold balls. One in basketball and one in soccer. They also collected a WIAA soccer runner up silver ball her freshman year. Cade attended Bay Port HS where he participated in basketball and football. He now is a sophomore at Winona State majoring in business.