MINNEAPOLIS (HawaiiNewsNow) – University of Hawai'i head coach Andy Johnson has been honored with a place in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Hall of Fame. Johnson is one of five members of the 2012 class after being awarded the Graham Hall Award for Outstanding Service by a college sailing professional.
Johnson is in his 23rd year as head coach of the University of Hawai'i coed and women's sailing teams. Only women's volleyball coach Dave Shoji has a longer current tenure than Johnson, a former UH sailor who has elevated the Rainbow sailing program to elite status.
This is the second prestigious honor that Johnson has earned in a month. In April he was awarded the 2012 Richard H. Lough Memorial Service Award for his extraordinary service to the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference.
With Johnson's induction, all three coaches in Rainbow sailing history are now members of the ICSA Hall of Fame. Ted Livingston, who founded the Rainbow sailing program in the late 1960s, was inducted in 1982. Charlie Dole, who headed the program for nearly a decade before being replaced by Johnson, was inducted in 1995.
Since becoming head coach in 1989, Johnson has led UH to more than 40 national championship appearances in the coed, team and women's events, while coaching 15 All-American skippers, nine All-American crews and two Olympians. He is a leader in the Hawai'i sailing community running clinics for the area yacht clubs, junior sailing programs and high school teams in addition to coaching the UH sailing team and managing the UH Campus Recreation programs.
When hosting conference regattas Johnson has often gone above and beyond his role as host to organize event dinners, housing, social activities and awards to make the events memorable. Meanwhile, the UH tradition of presenting leis to all visiting seniors has been one of the most endearing memories for the many who have competed on the Hawai'i waters.
Johnson leads another squad to the nationals this year when the Rainbow Wahine compete in the 2012 ICSA Women's National Championship in Austin, Texas, May 30-June 2.
The ICSA Hall of Fame was established in 1969 to honor individuals for either undergraduate competitive achievement in sailing or outstanding leadership and service to the establishment, development and growth of the sport. Johnson's name, as well as those of the other inductees this year, will be added to the ICSA College Sailing Hall of Fame, which is on permanent display in the Robert Crown Center at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.