Steve Johnson

First Year at USU

Wartburg College (1997)

    • 2009-013 Auburn Assistant Head Coach
    • 2003-08 UNC Pembroke Head Coach
    • 1997-00 South Dakota St. Assistant Head Coach

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was named head softball coach at Utah State University by Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes on June, 26, 2013.

Johnson is the ninth softball coach in Utah State history and is the first to coach in the Mountain West.

Johnson comes to Utah State after five years at Auburn as an assistant coach. Last season, he helped the Tigers to a 30-23 record in the always-tough Southeastern Conference.

“Utah State athletics has established itself as a winner across the board, and I look forward to building the softball program into one that competes nationally and in the Mountain West. We will look to build on the tradition of the past, recruiting quality student-athletes that will continue to represent Utah State with pride,” Johnson said when he was hired.

Working primarily with the Tigers’ hitters, slappers and infielders, Johnson helped Auburn advance to three SEC Tournaments and NCAA Regional appearances in four years. In 2011, Auburn was ranked in both the ESPN and NFCA top 25 polls, spending 12 weeks in the NFCA poll and reaching a high of No. 21. Auburn also registered its first-ever series win over a top-five team, taking two-of-three games from No. 4 Georgia. The 2012 Tigers hit the most home runs (46) since the 2005 squad hit a program-record 68.

At Auburn, Johnson coached five players who earned all-SEC honors, and four players who earned SEC all-freshman team accolades, including tying a school record with two in 2013. In 2011, Auburn set program top-five marks in batting average (.279/fifth), runs scored (272/fifth), RBI (235/fifth), doubles (97/second), triples (8/third) and walks (160/second).

A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson compiled a 153-164 record in six years as head coach at UNC-Pembroke, prior to coming to Auburn in 2009. He led the Braves to a 46-14 overall record in 2008 and the Peach Belt Conference Championship, going 17-1 in league action. Johnson also led the Braves to the program’s first ever NCAA Regional appearance in 2008, earning NFCA South Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2008.

During the 2008 season, the Braves set or tied 33 school records including most wins in a season (46) and most conference wins (17). UNCP players earned a total of six all-region awards and three All-America honors under Johnson’s tutelage in 2008.

While at Pembroke, Johnson’s teams broke 73 school records and had 39 players earn Peach Belt Academic Honor Roll accolades.

Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in U.S. history and secondary education from Wartburg College, graduating cum laude in 1997. Johnson earned a graduate degree in athletic administration from South Dakota State University in 2002.

He is married to the former Heather Jeanette Wesemen.

He began his professional coaching career as the head coach at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1997-2000.

Johnson then served as an assistant coach at South Dakota State from 2000-02 before becoming the head coach at UNC-Pembroke.

“My wife Heather and I are excited about joining the Aggie Family as we begin a new journey across the country,” Johnson added.

Michelle Schroeder

Assistant Coach First Year

Michelle Schroeder

Michelle Schroeder joins the Aggie staff after working for the Softball Performance Workshop in Placentia, Calif. She was a private softball instructor, working with kids from ages 8-18 years old. Schroeder also brings a wealth of experience to the Aggies outside of the softball world, working for companies such as Gablit and lululemon athletica.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Michelle in the past so we’re both familiar with what and how each other teach and coach, which is important as we will both be working with our hitters. She has a great passion for the game and especially some of the finer points that often get overlooked. I’m looking forward to seeing her develop our slappers and base running into a potent part of our offense,” head coach Steve Johnson said.

Schroeder was a three-year letterwinner at Stanford, graduating in 2011 with a degree in human biology with an emphasis in adolescent development. She played for the Western Australia Women’s Open softball team in 2010 and 2011, while also playing for the Western Australia Women’s Open baseball team in 2012.

The Yorba Linda, Calif., native graduated from Esperanza High School in 2006, where she was an all-California Interscholastic Federation selection in softball her senior season.

Sarah Sigrest

Assistant Coach First Year

Sarah Sigrest

Sarah Sigrest (Cy-grest) comes to Utah State after one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas Tech. She will take the reigns as the Aggies’ pitching coach. With the Red Raiders, she worked primarily with the pitchers and the outfielders.

“Sarah came highly recommended to me and the first time I talked to her she impressed me with her knowledge of pitching and catching as well as her approach to teaching. Pitching is such an important part of our game and I am confident that Sarah will develop a strong staff and battery to lead us into the Mountain West,” head coach Steve Johnson said.

The Red Raiders were a solid 30-26 last season, ending the year with a 3.31 team ERA. Texas Tech has now won at least 30 games for four-straight seasons.

Sigrest graduated with a degree in exercise science from Jacksonville University in 2012 and was a four-year starter for the Dolphins. During her playing career at JU, she was named the Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and was first-team all-conference. Sigrest also finished her career with the most wins in school history.

In 2011, she finished the season with a stellar 27-7 record, leading the Dolphins to their first-ever NCAA Regional appearance. Her 1.10 ERA was a Jacksonville single-season record, as well as ranking eighth in the NCAA that season.

Sigrest, a native of Daphne, Ala., and a graduate of Daphne High School, is still the Alabama High School Athletic Association single-season leader in shutouts with 33.