Mark Johnston enters his first season as Head Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach at Illinois Tech. He spent the prior three seasons as Katie Reifert's lead assistants on both staffs, helping lead the Women's Volleyball team to two USCAA Tournament bids and large improvements on the men's side each year.
He served as Moraine Valley Community College's Head Women’s Volleyball Coach in 2014, posting a 20-15 overall record and taking second place in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and NJCAA Region IV. Four players were named all-conference, two to the conference all-tournament team, three all-region, and the team’s libero was nominated as an all-American, ranking 11th in the nation at 6.02 digs/set.
Johnston also has coached at the prep level, as he has been the Head Boys Volleyball Coach at Saint Ignatius College Prep since 2006 and has held multiple positions with the girls’ volleyball team since 2005.
While at Saint Ignatius, his team has amassed a 157-135 overall record. They’ve won five regional championships and made it to the Sweet 16 three times. Since taking over the high school team, Johnston’s squad has defeated heavy-hitters Brother Rice, Loyola, Providence, St. Rita, and Mt. Carmel high schools in the Chicago Catholic League.
Prior to his coaching days, Johnston played four years of volleyball, primarily as a setter, with some action at Libero, at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The Muskies went 160-60 during his time on the roster. This included a fifth (2002) and third place (2005) finish, as well as a national championship (2003) at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Tournament. He won Most Valuable Bench (2002), Most Improved (2005), Conference MVP (2003), and All-Conference (2003 and 2005) as a setter.
A local, Johnston graduated from Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, where he played volleyball and ran cross-country. He was an All-Conference setter as a junior (1999) and senior (2000). In 2000 he was named team MVP and won the school’s Sportsmanship Award. After graduating in the top 10 percent of his class at Eisenhower, Johnston attended Moraine Valley, where he planned to play volleyball, but the college dropped the men’s team before he could compete.
Johnston has a Sports Management degree with an emphasis on Multi-Use Facility Management from Lakeland College. During college, he interned with Badger Region Volleyball and assisted with Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club as well as with USA Volleyball High Performance camps. After college, he coached a year for Celtic Force Volleyball Club.
Johnston works in the Dean’s Office at Saint Ignatius. He grew up in Blue Island, where he still resides.