Associate Head Coach
Jason Johnson is entering his 20th season with the Grand Valley State volleyball program in the 2018 campaign and his 17th year as a full-time assistant with the Lakers. Johnson was named the associate head coach after helping guide the 2005 Lakers to the school’s first-ever Division II National Championship.
Grand Valley State has tallied a 506-160 (.760) overall record in the 19 seasons Johnson has been with the team. He has helped guide the Lakers to seven years of 30+ victories and a winning record in every season he has been associated with the program. Johnson has been a part of eight GVSU teams that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, six Laker squads that went to the NCAA Final Four, and the 2005 Division II National Championship team.
During Johnson's tenure at Grand Valley State, the Lakers have also won 10 GLIAC North Division championships, one GLIAC South Division champion, and six GLIAC Tournament titles. In his 19 seasons, GVSU has totaled 80 All-GLIAC selections, 37 First Team All-GLIAC choices, five GLIAC Player of the Year winners, four GLIAC Libero of the Year honorees, three GLIAC Freshman of the Year selections, and one GLIAC Setter of the Year (awarded for the first time in 2014).
He has also coached 17 GVSU players that have earned a total of 27 All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) or the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA, formerly Daktronics, Inc.). Johnson has led a total of 59 All-Midwest/Great Lakes Region honorees during his time at Grand Valley State, 35 of which came from the AVCA and another 24 from the D2CAA.
Before coming to Grand Valley State, Johnson was the head volleyball coach at Allendale High School for six years, leading the Falcons to a district championship in 1997 and a conference championship in 1999.
He was an assistant coach at Kalamazoo Valley Community College from 1993 to 1995. Johnson has been a volunteer coach with many area youth volleyball programs, including Inside-Out Club 18's, USA Michigan Kent 18's, and Sports Performance Volleyball camps.
Johnson competed in track and cross country at Portage Central High School. He graduated from Grand Valley State in December 1998 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and earned his Master's degree in Education in May 2014.
Jason and his wife Brandy were married on June 14, 2003. The couple has a son, Noah (12), and a daughter, Rylie (9).
Abby Aiken joins the GVSU coaching staff for her first season as a full-time assistant after serving as a volunteer assistant during the 2016 campaign. A 2013 All-American from multiple publications, Aiken was also named the GLIAC Player of the Year that same season.
Aiken will assist the coaching staff with recruiting, administrative work, community service projects, and will be an instruction coordinator during team and individual camps. An outside hitter during her storied Laker career, Aiken will work to develop the current GVSU outside hitters.
In her four seasons playing in Allendale, Aiken led Grand Valley State to a 97-31 overall record, good for a .758 winning percentage. She helped the Lakers win a pair of regular season GLIAC championships and a GLIAC Tournament title, earn two appearances in the Midwest Region championship match, and become just the sixth GVSU team to reach the NCAA Final Four.
Aiken is one of just eight players in school history to reach the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club. She is eighth in Laker history with 1,326 kills and 10th with 1,065 digs, in addition to finishing her career third in total attacks (4,015) and fourth in attacks per set (8.94). Her 2.95 kills per set is seventh-best in program history.
In 2013, Aiken was voted to the Daktronics All-America Second Team and also earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Honorable Mention plaudits. That same year, she was selected as the Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year, in addition to being just the fifth Laker to earn conference player of the year honors. She was third in the GLIAC with 427 kills in 2013, but also 10th with 413 digs.
A three-time All-GLIAC selection, Aiken was named the most valuable player of the 2013 GLIAC Tournament, which GVSU won in a five-set thriller over Ashland on the Lakers’ home floor. Aiken was a Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team choice in 2014, helping Grand Valley State win the Midwest Region championship in Allendale with 3-0 sweeps over Missouri S&T, rival Ferris State, and Rockhurst. The Lakers won their Elite Eight matchup in Louisville, Ky. over #12 Wingate before falling to national runner-up #4 Southwest Minnesota State in the Final Four.
Aiken earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from GVSU in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in adult and higher education from Grand Valley State.