New assistant brings two stints as head coach to the program following year as team's director of operations
Shondra Johnson enters her third season on the Tulane staff and will once again be responsible for perimeter player development, coordination with the strength and conditioning staff and direct the summer camp program.
A native New Orleanian and a former Prep All-American at St. Mary's Academy, Johnson helped Tulane post a pair of 20-win seasons, win both the Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles, and advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2010 while making a second-straight C-USA Championship title game appearance and advance to the second round of the WNIT in 2011.
Johnson came to Tulane following a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Samford University where she helped the Bulldogs go 22-7 overall and finish second in the Southern Conference with a 16-4 league record. Her mentoring helped Emily London earn first-team All-SoCon honors. During her time in Birmingham, Ala., she was primarily responsible for guard development, coordinated national recruiting efforts, assisted with game-plan organization and film breakdown, help with practice organization and serve as the academic liaison.
Prior to her stint at Samford, Johnson was a high school head coach at Chalmette (La.) High from 2003-05 and Brookwood (Thomasville, Ga.) School from 2006-08. At Chalmette, Johnson led the Owls to district titles both seasons, including an undefeated district run and a trip to the second round of the LHSAA Playoffs during the 2004-05 season. She was named district and state Coach of the Year in 2003-04 and claimed District Coach of the Year honors in 2004-05.
From there, Johnson moved on to Brookwood where she was once again the regional Coach of the Year, helped the team win the regular-season region championship both years and guided the squad to a berth in the state Final Four in 2006-07.
A standout prep athlete at St. Mary's Academy in New Orleans, Jonson was a Parade Magazine Girl's High School Basketball All-American and led the school to the state title as a senior in 1998. Johnson also played for the Kenner Angels AAU team for seven years under fellow Tulane assistant coach Alan Frey, and later worked as an assistant with the Angels from 2003-05
Following graduation, Johnson took her guard skills to Alabama where she was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference player and completed her career second in Crimson Tide history in free throws made and attempts, third in assists and assists per game, fifth in career steals and seventh on the career points.
In addition to leading the team in scoring and assists in each of her final three collegiate seasons, Johnson holds three of the top eight single-game free throws made records in school history - including a school-record 16 vs. Providence on Dec. 2, 2001 - seven of the top 10 free throw attempts records - including an Alabama record of 19 vs. Creighton on Dec. 20, 2000 - and the No. 8 spot on the single-season assists per game mark (5.1 in 2000-01). She also shares the Alabama single-game records for field goal and free throw percentage, hitting 7-of-7 shots against Stanford on Nov. 17, 2000, and converting 10-of-10 free throw opportunities vs. Florida on Jan. 27, 2000, respectively.
Johnson was drafted in the third round of the 2002 WNBA Draft by the Houston Comets and played one season for the New York Liberty before beginning her coaching career.
She completed bachelor's degree in marketing from Alabama in 2002 and currently resides in New Orleans.