BOCA RATON, Fla. -
“I am pleased to have Arianne join our Owl family,” said Jabir. “She brings a wealth of organization, compassion and enthusiasm into a very pivotal role for our women’s basketball program.”
Johnson has several years’ experience working in the field of women’s basketball as a coach and as a support staff member. While serving as the North Dakota State University director of operations for two years, she also worked alongside current FAU Assistant Coach Kachine Alexander.
“I am really excited about another opportunity to serve as Director of Women's Basketball Operations,” said Johnson. “First thing Jim Jabir said about his program was ‘family’. I am honored to be working for him, the staff and the players at FAU.”
Before coming to FAU, Johnson spent nearly a year as a site coordinator at Playworks, a leading national nonprofit that serves more than 1,200 schools in 23 U.S. cities. During her time there, she was in charge of consulting with four Minnesota elementary schools to coach and model a positive recess environment. Johnson trained school faculty and recess staff on how to implement the play-based program and facilitated community learning time with students K-5 and their teachers focusing on the social and emotional benefits of physical activities.
Prior to her time with Playworks, Johnson spent two seasons (14-15, 15-16) as the NDSU women's basketball director of operations. In 2014-15, she saw the Bison finish with an 11-17 overall record and a 7-9 Summit League mark. North Dakota State finished sixth in The Summit League, the highest finish for NDSU women's basketball since the 2011-12 season. The team finished the 2015-16 season with two players receiving All-Summit League honors. During her two seasons, the team also was awarded the Bison Service Challenge Award for their commitment and service in the community.
Before joining the Bison, Johnson served as the head varsity girls' basketball coach at Hope Academy for the 2013-14 season. Johnson also spent those two summers as the head coach of the Crossfire AAU team. Prior to her time at Hope Academy, she was the head 10th grade basketball coach for Mounds View High School for the 2012-13 season and the head ninth grade basketball coach at Tartan High School for the 2011-12 campaign.
A native of Oakdale, Minn., Johnson played two seasons at Concordia St. Paul from 2009-11. While there, she was named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic Women's Basketball Championship Team twice and awarded the Concordia St. Paul University Golden Bear Award in women's basketball for her performance during the 2010-11 season. Johnson was also the women's basketball representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during her stint with the Golden Bears. She graduated from Concordia St. Paul in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology.