Newport Central Catholic High School named Hillary Johnson as its new girls’ soccer coach.
Coach Johnson will fill the vacant position left by Kevin Turnick who is leaving Newport Central Catholic after nineteen seasons with the girls’ soccer program. Under his leadership, he led the Lady Thoroughbreds to five All A State Championships, seven All A Regional Championships, three All A Sectional Championships, and five Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Championships. The girls’ soccer program achieved two Regional Championships and six District Championships.
Johnson graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2005, where she played soccer and basketball all four years, winning a Kentucky Soccer High School State Championship her senior year.
After high school, Johnson attended Morehead State University on a soccer scholarship, winning the Ohio Valley Conference Championship her senior year, earning MSU a spot in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
Johnson graduated from Morehead State in 2009 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and worked as an Online Marketing Manager at F+W Media, for 4 years before going back to school to receive her Master’s of Art in Teaching degree from Thomas More College. She is currently in her 3rd year as a Business and Social Studies teacher at Notre Dame Academy.
Coach Johnson has been a member of the Notre Dame Academy soccer coaching staff for the past 8 seasons, helping to lead NDA to 6 Regional titles and 2 Kentucky State Championship titles.
When asked about taking over the girls soccer program Johnson said, “I am extremely excited to be taking over the soccer program at NCC. Kevin Turnick has done a tremendous job with the program in the past 19 years and has had great success. I look forward to continuing the athletic excellence that NCC has established, especially in the soccer program. I think we'll have an exciting year and I'm looking forward to reaching new heights with NCC.”
Jimmy Ryan, NCC Athletic Director said, “Hiring Coach Johnson will make for a smooth transition for our girls soccer program. Hillary’s proven success on and off the field and her experience as a coach speaks for itself.”