Louie Johnson
Louie  Johnson

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Minnesota '95


Gophers Head to UNH for Quad-Meet

Minnesota will take on New Hampshire, Yale, and Brown at the Wildcat Invitational Sunday


Gophers Trek West to Face No. 20 Washington

No. 14 Minnesota faces its first ranked opponent of the season


Gophers Kick Off 2014 With Home Tri-Meet

Minnesota will start its regular season at the Sports Pavilion against Air Force and Lindenwood


Gophers Host Special Olympics Clinic

Saturday's event marked the 16th consecutive year the Gophers have worked with Special Olympics Minnesota


Nordquist and Mable Shine During NCAA Individual Event Finals

Nordquist takes second on beam, while Mable turns in two top-five finishes.


2014 Big Ten Championships

The Gophers placed third and Lindsay Mable won the all-around title at the Big Ten Championships March 22, 2014.

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Louie Johnson, a Gopher gymnast from 1990-94, returned to Minnesota for a full-time coaching position with the Gopher women's gymnastics program in 2009 and will be embarking on his sixth season with the Gopher team in 2014-15. Before his return to Gopher gymnastics, Johnson spent the previous eight years coaching at the club level in the Twin Cities area. Previous to his club coaching tenure, he coached the Eagan High School gymnastics team for six seasons.

In his time coaching the Gophers, Minnesota has gone 109-66-3 and has been selected for an NCAA Regional in every season. In the past two seasons, Minnesota has repeated as the Big Ten regular season champion and achieved its highest national finish ever, placing eighth. Hansen has coached Big Ten individual championsCarmelina Carabajal and Lindsay Mable and helped lead Mable and Hanna Nordquist achieve All-American status.

At the club level, Johnson worked with Level 9 and Level 10 competitive-level teams and was involved in all aspects of their training, from creating customized routines to teaching skills to strength training to spotting. In 2009, Johnson earned the USAG Spotter of the Year Award. During his coaching tenure, Johnson coached current Gopher all arounder Kendra Elm to Senior B Level 9 national titles in the all around, bars and vault in 2005. Elm moved up to Level 10 in 2006 and was the Minnesota state champion on bars and qualified for the 2006 Junior Olympic National Championship. Elm was one of two Level 10 national championship qualifiers that Johnson trained in 2007. In addition to coaching success with Kendra Elm, Johnson also coached the 2006 Senior B Level 9 national champion on balance beam.

From 1995 to 2001, Johnson coached the Eagan High School gymnastics team. The Eagan Wildcats won the Minnesota state title in 1998 when Johnson was an assistant coach with the program. While coaching at Eagan, he was involved in many facets of the program, including strength training, spotting, serving as liaison with the parents and boosters, scheduling and supervising staff.

As a gymnast, Johnson competed as a Golden Gopher from 1990-1994. In 1992, he was a member of the Big Ten championship team. In 1993, he competed in three events at the NCAA Championship team finals and helped the Gophers to a fifth-place national finish.

Johnson graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1995 with a bachelor's of science degree in parks and recreation. He is a native of Knoxville, Tenn., but has remained in Minnesota since coming to Minneapolis for his collegiate career. Louie and his wife Jennifer reside in New Hope.


Ramler Representing Minnesota at NCAA Championships

Ramler Representing Minnesota at NCAA Championships

4/18/2018 - W. Gymnastics

Lexy Ramler will compete in the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships this weekend in St. Louis.

Future Gophers Impress at Regional Championships

Future Gophers Impress at Regional Championships

4/16/2018 - W. Gymnastics

The Gophers were well represented at the JO Regional Championships this past weekend with four of their incoming student-athletes in competition.

Gophers Welcome Two More to Class of 2022

Gophers Welcome Two More to Class of 2022

4/13/2018 - W. Gymnastics

The University of Minnesota has added two more student-athletes to the class of 2022.

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