LINCOLN, Neb. — Lisa Johnson, Idaho’s women’s golf coach from 2007-19, has been hired as the University of Nebraska’s women’s golf head coach, as announced Monday by Cornhusker athletic director Bill Moos.

“(Johnson) is a proven winner and a fierce competitor who relates well with her players,” Moos said. “I have admired Lisa’s body of work for some time and truly believe that she has what it takes to compete for championships.”

Johnson, a PGA professional and two-time WAC Coach of the Year, is the fourth Nebraska women’s golf coach in the Big Ten program’s 45-year history. She replaces 32-year coach Robin Krapfl, who announced her retirement in May.

In Moscow, Johnson led the Vandals to three NCAA regional appearances (2010, ’16, ’18) and two Big Sky titles, in 2016 and ’18.

Among the standouts Johnson has tutored are All-American Kayla Mortellaro and German-born Sophie Hausmann, currently a top-flight amateur who’s competed at the U.S. Open and recently played in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur championship.

“I am committed to developing players and providing a comprehensive student-athlete experience, which includes competing at a high level and reaching the postseason,” Johnson said. “With Nebraska’s rich tradition of excellence and strong community support, I believe we will achieve those goals.”


Cannon, Ali returning to WSU

PULLMAN — Washington State men’s basketball players Marvin Cannon and Ahmed Ali have reconsidered their earlier designs to transfer, and will instead remain with the Cougars for the 2019-20 season, the school confirmed Tuesday.

CougCenter first reported the news.

Ali, Wazzu’s starting point guard in 24 games last year, entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal in early April. Cannon, a bouncy, defense-minded forward who blossomed as the season progressed, did the same the next month.

But Ali hinted at a potential return to WSU over Twitter two weeks ago, and both players appear on the program’s recently released roster, which now is tentatively complete, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Cannon was one of the two players present at new WSU coach Kyle Smith’s introductory news conference on April 1. There, the 6-5 swingman lauded the intensity of the coach’s early practices.

Cannon, a juco transfer and sophomore last season, ended the campaign as the Pac-12’s No. 2 in free-throw percentage. He averaged 7.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. His season-high, single-game score of 25 came at home in a narrow loss to Washington.

Cannon has length and was best known for rim protection (team-high 23 blocks). Although, he could slash offensively and had a serviceable jump shot.

Ali logged 7.3 points and 2.9 assists per outing, and was best known for commendable ballhandling and a proficient assist-to-turnover ratio.

The 5-11 senior, who was a junior college transfer, had a career night on Feb. 2 against USC, when he compiled 18 points and seven dishes on no giveaways.

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