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Noel Johnson Steps Away as MSU Head Coach to Focus on Cancer Fight

Midwestern State head coach Noel Johnson has stepped away from coaching for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season to focus on her fight with cancer according to a release by MSU athletic department on Wednesday afternoon.

Assistant coach Christopher Reay will assume head coaching duties for the remainder of the season with the Mustangs set to face No. 3 Texas A&M-Commerce on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

Johnson was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian cancer in April 2019. She has not been on the sidelines since the Mustangs hosted Texas A&M-Kingsville on Jan. 30.

She has received amazing support from around the basketball community since revealing her diagnosis. Johnson spoke about the support she’s received and her desire to bring awareness to Ovarian cancer which is known as the silent killer because the symptoms can be mistaken for other common illnesses in September.

Johnson is the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in MSU history and led the Mustangs to a Lone Star Conference tournament title in 2013 and three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional tournament from 2012-2013 through 2014-2015.

She has won 159 games as coach of the Mustangs and was named LSC Coach of the Year in 2012.

Johnson was named to the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 and the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2019.

 

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