University of Arkansas at Monticello graduate and former all-conference basketball player Chelsea Johnson has returned to southeast Arkansas as the new assistant coach for the UAM women’s basketball program.
Johnson began her new role at UAM in May of 2016 after serving two years as director of women’s basketball operations for Winthrop University, a NCAA Division I program in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
“I could not be happier to have Chelsea back at UAM,” said now seventh-year head coach Tanya Ray. Johnson was a senior for the Blossoms during Ray’s first season at UAM (2011-12).
Ray continued, “It’s a great feeling when former players want to come back to a place they called home during their career. I’m excited to have her back in this new role, where she can share her many great experiences at UAM with our current and future players. I always admired what Chelsea did as a player, but more importantly, I admired her as a person. She is a hard worker and has the passion and drive to do whatever it takes to make our program successful.”
“I am excited for the opportunity to come back to a place I called home as a student-athlete,” said Johnson. “Coach Ray played a major part in my growth both on and off the court, and I feel blessed to be under her leadership. It is an honor to be back, and I look forward to welcomed challenge of making an impact on a well-deserving program.”
As Winthrop’s director of operations, Johnson coordinated film exchange, equipment, travel arrangements and assisted with summer camps.
Johnson played in 79 games and scored 909 career points at UAM from 2009-12 for an average of 11.5 points per game. As a senior, she led the Blossoms in scoring at 14.6 points per game and earned All-Great American Conference honors.
She graduated from UAM with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2012. Following graduation, she worked in UAM’s Student Activities and Residence Life departments.
Johnson is originally from Stafford, Texas, where she earned all-district honors in women’s basketball and volleyball playing for Elkins High School.