Christine Johnston
Christine Johnston
Title: Interim Head Coach
Phone: 294-3428

Christine Johnston was appointed interim head coach of the Paladins in August.  She is in her fifth season as an assistant coach with the Furman women’s tennis team.  

Johnston, a native of Columbus, Ohio, was a member of the Kentucky women’s tennis team from 2007-2010, when the Wildcats competed in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2007-2009).  The team finished the 2008 season ranked 22nd nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), then secured a season-ending ranking of 25th in 2009.

A two-time All-SEC selection for singles, Johnston was honored with the ITA’s Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship and was named to the SEC Community Service team her senior season after leading the Wildcats with a 13-7 (7-3 SEC) record.  She and doubles partner Carolina Escamilla concluded the 2008 season ranked 30th nationally and were ranked as high as No. 16 in the 2009 rankings.  Johnston was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

"The opportunity I have been given to coach and mentor the student-athletes within our program has been a humbling experience," said Johnston.  "To work with such athletically and academically talented individuals who strive to get better on the tennis court and grow as individuals each day is something I have always wanted to be a part of.  To have the opportunity to be a part of these student-athletes lives and to see them grow is what makes coaching so rewarding."
After earning a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from Kentucky in 2010, Johnston spent the 2011 season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Kentucky women's tennis team.