The Stars franchise has been on the hunt for a new coach since Dan Hughes announced he was stepping down at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Today, the team announced a very familiar face would replace Hughes, as San Antonio has promoted Vickie Johnson to head coach.
“Having spent 10 years in San Antonio, first as a player, then as an assistant coach, this city feels like home,” said Johnson to the Stars media. “Our Stars players are young, talented and hardworking. We also have a dedicated fan base in a great basketball town, and I’m looking forward to getting to work this spring when we tip off our 15th season in San Antonio.”
For the past six seasons, Johnson has served as one of the assistant coaches for San Antonio. Her ties run even further than just being an assistant, though, as she played for the Stars in 2006-2009.
“Coach Johnson’s experience, passion for teaching, fierce competitive spirit and commitment to our organization made her the perfect candidate to lead our team moving forward,” said Stars General Manager Ruth Riley.
“We have been very fortunate to have Coach Johnson as a part of our Stars family for the past decade. She has a strong understanding of our culture and goals, and we are thrilled that she will be our next head coach.”