Chris Johnson joined the Lynchburg staff in the summer of 2017 and quickly helped the Hornets' tennis program reach new heights.
In Johnson's first season, the Lynchburg women tied the program record for wins in a season with a 13-7 record, and the team reached its first-ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference semifinal match. Lynchburg's men also enjoyed a successful season, playing to a 9-10 record, their best since 2003, and placing a player, sophomore Juan Borga, on the VaSID College Division All-State team for the first time in program history.
Prior to joining Lynchburg's staff, Johnson served across town at Liberty University for the 11 years, heading the Flames' women's tennis program for six years and the men's program for his entire tenure. During his time as the women's tennis head coach, the team accumulated 64 wins and boasted two Big South Players of the Year (2006, 2007) and Rookies of the Year (2008, 2010).
In the past decade at the helm of the men's tennis program, Johnson led the Flames to 117 wins, including a Big South Player of the Year (2016), Rookie of the Year (2010), and multiple Big South Academic awards. He has mentored multiple ranked players, reaching as high as No. 93 in Singles and No. 19 in doubles.
In 2008, Johnson was named the Big South Women's Tennis Coach of the Year and was later named Big South Men's Tennis Coach of the Year in 2015. Johnson is one of only three coaches ever to have been named both Big South Men and Women's Tennis Coach of the Year.
Johnson, a native of Hickory, N.C., his wife Audrey and the couple's three children, Landon, Ashleigh and Alyssa, live in Forest.