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Ali Johnstone

Player Profile

Hometown:
Delta, British Columbia

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Ohio

The 2010 season will be Ali Johnstone's second as an assistant coach at Ohio. She returned to her alma mater after graduating in 2002 as one of the most decorated players in Bobcat field hockey history. The Delta, British Columbia, native was a two-time NFHCA All-American while playing for the 'Cats from 1998-2001, making the first team as a senior, and was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and the Ohio Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2001, as well. She was a four-time All-MAC First Team selection, the only player in Ohio history to do so, and was tabbed a First Team West Region All-American her final three years in Athens.

"It's very exciting to bring Ali back to Ohio," head coach Neil Macmillan said during an interview before the 2009 season. "She was a huge part of the success of the 2001 team and is committed to and sold on Ohio University and that's exciting to have an assistant coach that believes in everything that's going on here."

Johnstone helped lead the Bobcats to a MAC regular season and tournament championship in her senior campaign, when she earned All-MAC Tournament honors and led Ohio to a 16-5 overall mark and a 9-1 record in the league, as the 'Cats made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She was selected to the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game and left as Ohio's career assists leader with 36 and ranks third all-time in points (106) and fourth all-time in goals (35).

The former Bobcat standout also played for her native Canada on its National Team for nine years, competing on the junior team from 1998-2002 while at Ohio and on the senior team from 2002-2006, where she earned 35 caps. She also played professionally for Hamburg in the German Premier Division from 2005-2006.

Along with her playing experience, Johnstone brings multiple years of coaching knowledge back to Ohio, as she has served as a coach at many levels, including being the head coach for the U-19 British Columbia Provincial A team in 2007 and the U-16 Regional High Performance team from 2006 through 2008. She has also played under some of the top coaches in the world from Australia, the Netherlands and Germany.

For the three years prior to coming back to Athens, in addition to coaching, Johnstone was a fitness trainer and coach, creating and implementing workout programs for all ages, from elite athletes to the elderly. She recently ran the New York City Marathon and looks to bring new and innovative training and fitness programs to the Ohio field hockey program.

Johnstone earned her bachelor's degree in sports sciences from Ohio in 2002. The Bobcat alum will spearhead recruiting, as well as help with practice, scouting and working with players one on one, among other tasks.