Bill Johnson - Coach

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson is the head coach of the Canadian senior women’s national team. He inherited the role of chief bench boss in 2009, after serving as an assistant coach with the team for three seasons. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach with the senior and junior men’s national teams.

Johnson is an innovative coach who combines excellent interpersonal skills with a strong technical background, making him as approachable as he is knowledgeable.

A native of Winnipeg, Man., Johnson coached Team Canada to consecutive podium performances at the world championships, including a gold medal victory on home soil at the 2014 Women’s World Championship in Toronto and a bronze medal in 2010.

In 2006-2007, the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association named Johnson coach of the year, acknowledging his strong technical background and proven knack for planning and preparing for success. He was also a finalist for the Stephan Dubuc Memorial Award in 2004 as the developmental coach of the year.

Johnson was named the winner of the Peter Williamson Memorial Award at the 2012 Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards, an award that honours coaches who work with high performance athletes that compete at the national or international level.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2015 – 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2014 - 1st place at the World Championship in Toronto, Ont. (Head Coach, Team Canada)... 2012 - 6th place at Paralympic Games in London, England (Head Coach, Team Canada)… 2011- 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (Head Coach, Team Canada)... 2010 - 3rd place at the World Championship in Birmingham, England (Head Coach, Team Canada)... 2008 - 5th place at Paralympic Games in Beijing, China (Assistant Coach, Team Canada)... 2007 - 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Assistant Coach, Team Canada)... 2006 - 1st place at the World Championship in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Assistant Coach, Team Canada)… 2005 - 6th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Birmingham, England (Assistant Coach, Team Canada)… 2004 - 1st place at Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece (Manager, Team Canada)… 2001 - 1st place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Blumenau, Brazil (Manager, Team Canada)…

PERSONAL

Johnson has a kinesiology degree from the University of Winnipeg and is a NCCP Level 3 Certified Coach in both wheelchair and stand-up basketball.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – Silver

2014 World Championships – Gold

2012 London Paralympic Games – 6th

2011 Guadalajara Parapan American Games - Silver

2010 World Championships – Bronze

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games (assistant coach) – 5th

2007 Rio de Janeiro Parapan American Games (assistant coach) – Silver

2006 World Championships (assistant coach) – Gold

2005 Men’s U23 World Championship (assistant coach) – 6th