Lynnette Johnson

Lynnette  Johnson

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Deputy Athletics Director

Alma Mater:
East Carolina 1988


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A part of Ole Miss for three decades, Johnson earned the title of Deputy Athletics Director for Sports and Administration in February 2018.

Johnson is entering her 20th year as the Senior Woman Administrator and 29th overall in the department. Her oversight includes human resources, student-athlete development, gender equity and policy-management for the department.  She serves as the sport administrator for nine Ole Miss programs, including women's basketball, rifle, soccer, softball, volleyball and men’s and women’s golf and tennis.

During her supervision of the sports, the teams under her purview have combined for 17 SEC Western Division championships and eight overall regular-season or tournament titles. Among the many highlights, the 2005 Rebel men’s tennis squad advanced to the NCAA Final Four; the women’s basketball team reached the 2007 Elite Eight; soccer played in the Sweet Sixteen in 2015; softball earned a Super Regional berth in 2017; and volleyball captured the NIVC crown last season.

Academically, the teams are excelling in the classroom as well; putting up high graduation rates, multiple Academic All-America honors and Taylor Medalists, as well as the first athlete to be inducted into the school’s Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society chapter.

Johnson has represented the department on campus, within the conference and at the NCAA on multiple committees. She has served twice as a member on the NCAA Softball Committee.

During her first nine years, Johnson was a member of the sports medicine staff. She worked with all sports programs but mainly with football and women’s basketball. In 1997, she became the first female head athletic trainer overseeing all sports in the Southeastern Conference.

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native is a 1988 graduate of East Carolina University and a 1990 graduate of Ole Miss with a master's degree in Education. She is married to Tal Johnson and the couple has two daughters, Alexandria and Samantha.




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