Trinity Valley Community College

   
Softball
100 Cardinal Dr.
Athens, TX 75751
903-670-2650
 

Assistant Coach
Christina Merrida
christina.merrida@tvcc.edu   

Pitching Coach
Trish Robinson
patricia.robinson@tvcc.edu


 

Ashley Johnston
   
Posted: 9/17/2013 9:16:16 AM
Head Coach


With the inaugural season as Lady Cardinal head softball coach behind her, Ashley Johnston is excited about the future.   In the Lady Cardinals’ first full spring season they posted 13 wins. A nice start for sure, but hardly the bar Johnston has set for the program, which was implemented in the fall of 2008.  “Coming into a new program you’re naturally going to be the underdog,” Johnston said. “I didn’t mind that, but I want to bring in good talent and set the pace right away for the next few years.”  Johnston came to TVCC from York, Neb., where she was a head coach for one year. While at York, she led the Lady Panthers to a fourth place conference standing and a second place conference tournament finish.  Johnston is no stranger to East Texas. She took her first coaching job as an assistant coach at Paris Junior College in 2005. She helped the Lady Dragons to their first ever Region XIV Tournament appearance, where the team placed third.  After Paris, Johnson moved on to be an interim head coach at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, Calif. The team placed third in conference that year.  Johnston is a native of West Monroe, La., where she played for West Monroe High School from 1997-2001 and helped the team earn a state championship.   She played in the Region XIV Conference while a student at Bossier Parish Community College. She graduated in 2003.  After moving on to Alva, Okla., Johnston played for Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Physical Education. She completed her master’s degree at Texas A&M-Commerce while coaching at Paris.  “It’s obvious she has a great knowledge and passion for this sport and a commitment to doing things the right way,” TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey said. “Her outlook on success goes beyond the field and carries into the classroom.”