Hillsdale College is pleased to announce the hiring of Riley Johnson as assistant softball coach. She began her duties in November 2016.
Johnson comes to Hillsdale after a four-year playing career at Syracuse University. She graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and rhetorical studies, and acquired her master’s in sport venue and event management in 2016. While with the Orangemen, she was named to the ACC All-Academic Team, was a member of the National Society of College Scholars, part of Lambda Pi Eta-National Honor Society and was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Most recently, she was a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the Georgia High School Athletic Association.
Johnson said the opportunity at Hillsdale represented the ideal next step in her coaching career.
“I’ve always wanted to coach college softball, and when I saw this job open up, I knew it was the right one for me,” she said. “I couldn’t pass it up. It’s a great school and just a great place to start my career.
“I believe in the teaching aspect of softball, and both coach Joe and coach Z (Jim Zoltowski) believe in that as well,” Johnson added. “The girls are just awesome. I’ve only been around them a couple days, but they are very respectful, open to direction and some of the hardest working girls I’ve ever seen. I’m really excited to work with them, to break things down and see where we can go.”
In her playing career, Johnson was an outfielder and second baseman for the Orange. She played in 31 games in her freshman season of 2013, finishing with 13 hits, 12 RBI and 5 doubles.
Just prior to joining the Charger staff, Johnson worked at Ninth Inning Baseball based in Chamblee, Georgia as the assistant director of baseball operations and director of social and digital media. While there, she worked with the 6U, 8U, 10U and 12U age groups and helped implement marketing and social media plans for the organization.
Johnson hails from Greece, New York originally, and was the New York Class AA Player of the Year. She had a .404 batting average as a high school player.