Colleen Johnson

Head Coach

I joined SGA in the summer of 2020, and brings a wealth of coaching and competitive experience at the elite level. I have coached Division I Collegiate gymnastics for 18 years, including 12 years at NC State and six years at The University of Arizona. I was a four-time Assistant Coach of the Year, and was Associate Head Coach at NC State for three years.


As a gymnast, I was a member of the Canadian National Team from 1988 to 1991, and then moved on to earn a full scholarship at the University of Florida where I finished in fifth place in the All-Around at the 1994 SEC Championships. I then led my team to Florida’s first ever “Super Six” appearance in 1994 at the NCAA Championship Finals. Fun fact, I was the first to incorporate the infamous “Gator Chomp” into her floor routine choreography, and to this day, it remains a tradition and trademark of the Florida gymnastics team's choreography!


In addition to coaching at SGA, I work full time at NC State as Director of Special Events in the Athletics Department. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, Mike Lombardo and our daughter Gianna, being a “soccer mom”, being at our lake house, and going to the beach when time permits!


My favorite part about coaching? "Giving back to the sport that gave me so much and more importantly, influencing young people in a positive environment while tactfully pushing them to achieve their goals. Nothing great ever happened without passion and enthusiasm!”

Colleen Johnson