Jonathan Johnston begins his second season as the Bulldogs’ recruiting coordinator, hitting coach, and catching coach.
The Asheville offense improved its production by more than 100 runs in just a year ending the season in the Top 80 among NCAA Division I teams in runs scored.
Under Johnston’s guidance, Tommy Houmard, Hunter Bryant, and Joe Tietjen posted batting averages over .300 and OPS over .800. Houmard and Bryant were named First and Second Team All-Big South, respectively.
Prior to UNC Asheville, Johnston spent three years at UC San Diego, where he was responsible for the hitting, catching, base running, and recruiting.
Johnston’s three years at UC San Diego was graced with two NCAA Regional berths, two CCAA Tournament Championships, and one regular season Championship.
Johnston played two seasons in the Oakland Athletics Minor League organization.
Prior to the completion of his playing career, Johnston served four years and four months as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. He complete three deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was the Officer of the Deck on the USS Peleliu (LHA-5) when the ship thwarted an attempted pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden.
Johnston played four seasons, as a catcher, at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) from 2003-2006. He set the single season record for stolen bases at 35, scored 51 runs, and led a pitching staff to a school record ERA during a program changing, 32 win, senior season. In 2007, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics.
Johnston graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2006 with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering. He earned his Master’s degree in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. He and his wife Angela were married in February of 2012.
Jonathan Johnston’s Career
2003-2006 United States Naval Academy Player
2006-2010 United States Navy Surface Warfare Officer
2007-2011 Oakland Athletics Player
2011-2014 UC San Diego Recruiting Coord./Hitting Coach/Catching Coach
2014-Present UNC Asheville Recruiting Coord./Hitting Coach/Catching Coach