Two-time Summit League tournament MVP and 2013 Pitcher of the Year Whitney Johnson enjoyed a record-setting career for North Dakota State University. She ended her career as the Summit League’s all-time leader with 994 strikeouts.
Johnson was a member of three Summit League championship teams and made three NCAA regional tournament appearances while at North Dakota State. She was the 2010 Summit League Freshman of the Year, a four-time all-league and all-tournament selection, and a two-time all-NFCA Midwest Region pitcher. Johnson was a 12-time league pitcher of the week and four-time national pitcher of the week.
Following her career at NDSU, Johnson went overseas to the Netherlands to pitch for Centrals de Bilt in Utrecht, just outside of Amsterdam. She led the Dutch league with a 0.75 earned run average, strikeouts, and fewest walks.
After concluding her pitching career, Johnson joined the coaching ranks. She worked with the pitchers at UNLV during the 2017 season. Prior to heading to Las Vegas, Johnson was an assistant and pitching coach for the University of La Verne from 2014-16. She helped lead ULV to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championships in both 2015 and 2016. Under her direction, Leopards’ pitcher Katherine Kibbe improved from a 4.03 ERA as a sophomore into a conference MVP performer with a 21-6 record and 1.84 ERA as a senior.
A native of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, Johnson graduated early in January 2010 from Lake Crystal Wellcome-Memorial High School. She led LCWM to the program’s first state tournament appearance in 2009. Johnson struck out a Minnesota High School record 435 batters, including a single-game record of 21, in rolling to all-state first team and state all-tournament honors.
Johnson graduated from NDSU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family science. She earned her master’s degree in child life from the University of La Verne in 2016 and is now working as a level 1 trauma Certified Child Life Specialist.