Swimming & Diving Coaching Staff
Jonathan Johnson
Assistant Coach


Jonathan Johnson begins his fifth season with the Aggie swimming and diving team as head diving coach. This marks Johnson’s second stint with NM State after he served under former Aggie head coach Mark McFarland for five seasons before taking the job as head diving coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., in 2001. He returned to Las Cruces to take over the diving program and build NM State into one of the premiere teams in the Western Athletic Conference.


The Aggies earned a program-best second-place finish at the WAC Championships in 2009-10. Johnson has Mariesa Cloud returning for her senior season in 2010-11 along with newcomers Jaymee Porter and Carly Smith to help the Aggies claim their first WAC crown.


In 2008-09, the Aggie divers continued their success with Cloud leading the crew. At the WAC Championships, Cloud finished third on the platform with a school record to become the first Aggie to earn first team All-WAC honors. She also set school records on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.


Johnson coached both Cloud and Kirstin Pickett to NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks following their performances at Northern Arizona. Pickett was Johnson’s first zone diver but unfortunately Cloud didn’t compete due to an injury.


The divers made tremendous progress in 2007-08. For the first time in school history, NM State scored in the diving events at the WAC Championships. Pickett and Schulte both provided points for the Aggies.


During his tenure at Army, Johnson was named the Patriot League Diving Coach of the Year three times. In 2005-06, Chelsea Haviland, an eight-time league champion, captured diver of the meet honors at the Patriot League Championships for the fourth consecutive year and she became the first Army diver in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championships.


In all, Johnson guided nine Army divers to the NCAA Zone Qualifying meet, including two in 2004-05 and Haviland the following year. In five years, Johnson’s teams captured 10 Patriot League diving titles, two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) crowns and produced four Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League finalists.


Johnson joined the NM State swimming and diving program as an assistant coach in September 1996 and helped build the diving team into a perennial conference championship contender. Johnson’s divers placed in the top three at the Big West Conference Championships five times over a three-year span. His final season with the Aggies concluded with a runner-up finish in NM State’s first year competing at the Sun Belt Swimming and Diving Championships.


Prior to breaking into the collegiate coaching ranks, Johnson spent nine years as a high school diving coach in Indiana, during which time he developed six all-Americans, three state champions, four state runners-up and six top 8 finalists. His efforts did not go unnoticed as three times he was named Indiana’s High School Coach of the Year.


Johnson served as the diving coach for Highland High School for two years prior to arriving at Lake Central High School in St. John, Ind., for an eight-year tenure as the boys and girls’ diving coach from 1988 to 1996. During that time he also coached the United States Diving Club based in Munster, Ind.


An All-American on the 1-meter board while at Clarion University in 1987, Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix in 2001. As a prep athlete, Johnson was runner-up at the Indiana High School State Diving Championships in 1984 and 1985.

Position: Assistant Coach
Other Position: Diving Coach
Alma Mater: Univeristy of Phoenix
Graduating Year: 2001
Phone: (575) 646-7240

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