Blugold Hall of Fame
Mike Johnson ranks as the most accurate field goal and free throw shooter in university history. After earning the title "Mr. Basketball" of Wisconsin at Phillips High School in 1987, Johnson attended Division I Creighton University his freshman year before transferring to Eau Claire. In just 2 1-2 seasons of competition as a Blugold, Johnson ranks 18th on the school's all-time scoring list (1,225 pts/13.8 average) and 12th on the all-time rebounding list (704 rebs/7.9 average).
His career field goal percentage was .632 and his career free throw percentage was .866 (421 of 486). He also holds the school single season record for free throws made (194) and the career mark (421). He has the top three marks for free throws made in a game without a miss at 13, 12 and 11. Johnson has the fifth best single season scoring mark in school history as he tallied 606 points at an 18.9 ppg clip his senior season when he served as team captain and was named the team MVP.
The 6-7 center was a two-time All-Conference and NAIA All-District 14 player and earned NAIA All-America second team recognition in 1991 after receiving honorable mention in 1990. The Blugolds shared the conference championship his sophomore season and won an outright Wisconsin State University Conference crown in 1991. Playing three consecutive years in the 32-team NAIA Nationals in Kansas City with Johnson in the lineup, the Blugolds finished third in 1989, lost the national championship game in 1990 and advanced to the third round in 1991.
Johnson is currently the principal at Meyer Middle School in River Falls, a position he has held since 2006 after serving as the assistant high school principal there from 2003-06. He is also an adjunct professor at UW-River Falls in its Principal Licensure Program. After a brief professional basketball stint in Spain in 1992, he finished his student teaching at UWEC in 1993. From 1993-2002, he was an English teacher and coach in the Abbotsford, Fall Creek, Eau Claire, Rice Lake and Chippewa Falls school districts. He led the Rice Lake boys team to the state tournament in 2002 when the team finished with a 20-5 record. His team won a conference championship and made a sectional final appearance in 1996 at Fall Creek when the Crickets finished 21-4.
Johnson has served on several boards including the UWEC Alumni Association Board of Directors (2004-06), the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Board of Directors (2003-06) and the City of River Falls Youth Advisory Council Board of Directors (2003-05). He is currently one of 12 regionally-elected directors for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.
He and his wife Michelle, also a UWEC alum, have three children: Michael, 6; Brynn, 4; and Eli, 1.