Erik Johnson: Basketball

Erik Johnson

Boston College

Head Coach Women’s Basketball

“When it comes to the goals of student-athletes’ off-court and academic development, one would be hard pressed to find anyone better.” BC Interruption

His son Davis (4), passed away unexpectedly on May 6, 2010.

“I just told them, it’s got to be OK when Coach cries,” Johnson said. “I’m not going anywhere. I’ll never desert you. I’ll never not be able to be there for you. But I’m going to have days when I’m struggling, just like you’re going to have days when you’re struggling.” Boston Globe

Johnspn, who was an assistant coach at Boston College from 2006 through 2008, took over as head coach in 2012 when the Eagles came off one of their worst seasons (7-23) in recent memory.  In his first season, he took a team that was formerly 7-23 and finished 12-19 in the 2012-13 season. Last season, the squad finished 12th in the ACC, with an overall record of 13-17.

Erik Johnson Boston College Women's Head Basketball Coach

My best advice to a girls youth coach is to focus on the culture of the team.  If you emphasize and teach body language, eye contact, hustle, togetherness, energy, attitude, responsibility, communication, focus, etc. then EVERYTHING else you teach about your sport will be better.  These are also the skills that your players will need in school and in life. Sports and “real life” mirror each other as they reward those who display those characteristics.

For Erik Johnson’s Team Building Exercise that involves food, please read How to Coach Girls coming out in 2018.

Randy Thomas: Women’s Track and Field

Randy Thomas Boston College Head Coach Women’s Track and Field

Randy Thomas

Boston College

Head Coach Women’s Track and Field

Randy Thomas is the program director of the women’s cross country and track and field teams at Boston College. He spent his first 15 seasons as the director of both the men and women’s track and field programs. This will be Thomas’ 29th year at Boston College.  A former world record holder, he has guided the women’s cross country squad to 16 NCAA Championships in the past 24 seasons. Overall, Thomas, who served exclusively as the school’s cross country coach during the first seven years of his tenure, has produced a total of 52 All-America selections, four national junior champions and one Pan-American Games gold medalist. His coaching honors include New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association as the Division I women’s coach of the year, and 2001 Track and Field Association National Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Randy Thomas Boston College Head Coach Women’s Track and Field

Best advice to a girl’s team coach

Always keep in mind that girls are very much like husky ididerod team dogs. Each has their own personality and you must constantly work on weaving these different personalities into a cohesive unit.


For Randy Thomas’ Poster Board team building exercise, please read How to Coach Girls coming out March of 2018.

Katie Crowley: Women’s Ice Hockey

Katie Crowley

Katie Crowley

Women’s Hockey Head Coach

Boston College

Katie Crowley started as an assistant coach at Boston College in August 2004, and was promoted to head coach in May 2007. At the end of the 2014-15 season, Crowley was honored with her first national coach of the year honor.

Crowley won a gold medal in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan; a silver medal in the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, and a bronze at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy. She took home five consecutive silver medals in the World Championships (1997, 1999-2001, 2004), and a gold medal in 2005 with Team USA. In 2009, she and her 1998 Olympic teammates were enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Crowley has worked with many national teams. The Eagles’ skipper was named head coach of the 2010 Under-18 National Team that captured a silver medal at the IIHF World Championship.  A year prior to that, she served as an assistant coach for the Under-18 National Team – which won gold at the IIHF World Championship in Germany – and the U-18 Select Team.  In 2006, she worked with the Under-22 Select Team. She has also worked as a lecturer, coach and instructor at numerous hockey camps throughout New England. 

Katie Crowley

My best advice to a girls’ coach is to make sure they treat the athletes with respect, make the sport fun, and teach them how to be a good teammate.  Not everyone will go on to be a college athlete, but hopefully they have fun, learn something about the game, and make friends for life.


For Katie Crowley’s best team building exercise that she did with the 1988 Olympic Team, please read How to Coach Girls coming out in March of 2018.