Mark Johnston took the helm in 2014 as the Cyclones head
women’s volleyball coach. Since 2006, he has been the Saint Ignatius College
Prep head boys’ volleyball coach and has held multiple positions with the
girls’ volleyball team since 2005.
While at Saint Ignatius, his team has amassed a 157-135 overall record. They’ve won five regional championships and made it to the sweet sixteen three times. Since taking over the high school team, Johnston’s squad has defeated heavy-hitters Brother Rice, Loyola, Providence, St. Rita, and Mt. Carmel high schools in the Chicago Catholic League.
Prior to his coaching days, Johnston played four years of volleyball, primarily as a setter with some action at Libero, at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where the team went 160-60. This included a fifth (2002) and third place (2005) finish and national championship (2003) at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Tournament. He won Most Valuable Bench (2002), Most Improved (2005), Conference MVP (2003), and All-Conference (2003 and 2005) as a setter.
A local, Johnston graduated from Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, where he played volleyball and ran cross-country. He was an All-Conference setter as a junior (1999) and senior (2000). In 2000 he was named team MVP and won the school’s Sportsmanship Award. After graduating in the top 10 percent of his class at Eisenhower, Johnston attended Moraine Valley, where he planned to play volleyball, but the college dropped the men’s team before he could compete.
Johnston has a Sports Management degree with an emphasis on Multi-Use Facility Management from Lakeland College. During college he interned with Badger Region Volleyball and assisted with Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club as well as with USA Volleyball High Performance camps. After college he coached a year for Celtic Force Volleyball Club.
Johnston works in the Dean’s Office at Saint Ignatius. He grew up in Blue Island, where he still resides.
Thomas Ryan joined the Cyclones as assistant coach in the 2014 season. He was a three-year varsity player at Oak Forest High School, where he was an All-Conference player twice. Ryan also played three years of club volleyball in Chicago and one season at Saint Xavier University. In 2010 he helped his team win the inaugural IHSA sand volleyball tournament. This December, Ryan will graduate with a BBA in Finance from Saint Xavier.