Deanne Sand Johnson ’89 Inducted 2006
A three-time all-conference performer in women's tennis, Deanne Sand Johnson '89 was also a member of MIAC championship teams in 1988 and 1989. In 1987 she won the MIAC title at #6 singles, and then in 1989 she claimed the MIAC title at #3 singles. In her senior season, she teamed with Mary Sutherland Ryerse to form one of the most formidable doubles teams in Division III. The duo was ranked #3 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association all season (ITCA) all season and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA doubles draw before falling to the eventual national champions. Sand Johnson and Sutherland Ryerse earned All-America honors as a result of advancing to the final four of the national doubles tournament. During her standout four-year career, Sand Johnson helped the Gusties post a record of 55—15 overall and 18—3 in the MIAC. The 1989 squad posted a dual-meet mark of 18—3 and finished fourth at the NCAA championships, which was the highest finish in the program's history at the time.
Sand Johnson graduated with a major in biology, with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy. After a short stint as a physical therapy aid, Sand Johnson accepted a position as a tennis professional at Northwest Athletic Clubs. Several years later, she moved to Paynesville, spending most of her time at home with her children but also finding time to teach tennis lessons through the Paynesville Community Education program. She also served as the head tennis coach at Rocori High School and the College of St. Benedict for a couple of years. She currently is abstracting at her husband's law office in Paynesville. Deanne, and her husband, David Johnson '88, live in Paynesville with their daughter, Ella (8), and six-year old twins Eric and Luke.