Coach Sara Johnson has been playing and coaching volleyball for nearly as long as she's been drawing breath. An Orange County native, Johnson got her start playing for various Southern California clubs before earning a spot on La Habra High's varsity squad, where she was elected team captain her senior year and eventually qualified for Junior National Championships. Educational aspirations brought Sara to the Bay, where she has earned a BS in Kinesiology from SFSU, as well as a Master's in Sports Management from USF. In the fall of 2012, Sara Johnson joined IHS as Assistant Athletic Director, whose student-athletes have benefitted from her tremendous technical knowledge, love of the sport and years of experience ever since.
Coach Sara's kindness and infectious enthusiasm have made her a perennial favorite with International student-athletes, but behind her ever-present smile lies a no-nonsense approach to coaching. Johnson describes her courtside demeanor as strict and highly organized. She requires three things of her players: energy, effort and communication, and harbors little patience for anyone not willing to give their best. Coach Sara also believes in making every practice fun, however, and encourages her students to take risks and define their own goals.
Off the court, Sara likes to keep busy by training for half marathons, hanging out with her puppy and supporting the SF Giants.