Bulldog Hall of Fame
Tanya Johnson Tanya Johnson
Women's Basketball, 1974-78

The 6-2 Johnson was one of the early Bulldog women's basketball greats. She presently remains seventh on both FSU's career rebounding (677) chart and field goal percentage (.489) lists. In addition, she is one of only 20 players in Bulldog history to score 750 or more career points and currently ranks 19th on Ferris' career scoring chart with 780 points. Johnson guided FSU to the school's first three winning seasons from 1974-77, including a 10-6 mark in the 1975-76 campaign. A two-time (1975-76) team Most Valuable Player Award winner, Johnson twice led Ferris in scoring under head coach Monica Folske and continues to hold the school record for career rebounding average (10.7 rpg). Her personal career-high 16.6 points per game scoring average in 1976-77 currently ranks as the fifth-best performance ever by a Bulldog junior class member. The Big Rapids native later played for the Milwaukee Does, New Jersey Gems and Chicago Hustle, all teams in the first women's professional league. Johnson was FSU's MVP and leading scorer each of the first two seasons of the program. She is currently they girls varsity basketball coach and associate athletics director at Loyola Academy College Prep High School in Chicago. Her teams won Illinois Class AA State Championships in 1996-97 and 1997-98 and she coached the Illinois Player of the Year in 1998-99. Johnson recorded her 500th career coaching win in her 22nd season as a prep coach during the 2004-05 season. Only two other female basketball coaches in Illinois state history have reached the 500 win plateau. Johnson led Loyola to a single-season state record for victories with 36 in 1998 and was inducted into the Illinois High School Basketball Association Hall of Fame in April 2005. Johnson resides in Round Lake Beach, Ill.

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