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August 3, 2009

Johnson to Return for 31st Season as PLU Swimming Head Coach

Returning after a victorious year-long battle with cancer, Jim Johnson will start his 31st season as Pacific Lutheran University swimming head coach.

"We are pleased to have Jim back as head swimming coach and are even more happy for him that he has been given a clean bill of health," PLU athletic director Laurie Turner said.

During Johnson's 30-year tenure, Pacific Lutheran swimming teams have compiled a 329 wins and 246 losses record, a .572 winning percentage. He achieved a milestone in his PLU coaching career on Nov. 12, 2005, when the Lutes defeated Pacific, giving him his 300th career victory at PLU.

Under Johnson's direction, the PLU women's swimming team won Northwest Conference championships from 1983-92 (going unbeaten in conference duals during that time) and also in 1996. The PLU men have won seven conference championships under Johnson.

He has earned Northwest Conference Coach of the Year honors three times while at Pacific Lutheran.

Assistant coach Alison Kolp served as interim head coach during the 2008-09 season and led the PLU men to fourth place and the Lutes women to fifth place at the Northwest Conference meet. Kolp will return to the program as an assistant coach, her sixth year in that role.

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