Tuesday, October 02, 2007

WPT Be more Tuned In Podcast -- UW Women's Hockey Coach Mark Johnson...

We spoke with Mark Johnson, the head coach of the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team, via telephone from his office in Madison. The mp3 podcast conversation can be downloaded here and can be enjoyed on your personal computer or loaded onto your personal mp3 player for on-the-go listening. You can also subscribe to our monthly podcasts via iTunes by clicking here.

Johnson has a long history with Wisconsin hockey. He played for the Badgers under the coaching of his dad, the legendary "Badger" Bob Johnson in the 1970s. In 1980, Johnson led the U.S. Olympic Team to a gold medal with eleven points, including two goals in the "Miracle on Ice" game against the Soviet Union. Following a long professional career, Johnson returned to UW-Madison as an assistant coach for the men's team. Since 2002, he has led the women's team to national prominence, including back-to-back NCAA championships the past two years.

After a successful two-win opening weekend, the Badger women's hockey team will have their home opener at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Kohl Center in Madison.

The Badgers women's team will also be a part of WPT this year, with four games broadcast on the statewide network. They will join men's hockey and volleyball on the WPT Sports lineup. The first women's hockey broadcast is at 10:30 p.m. on Oct.13 against Ohio State. Volleyball kicks off the WPT Sports season at 11 p.m. Friday night with a match against Purdue. Find the full broadcast schedule of WPT Sports here.

In our interview, Johnson talked about his family's hockey heritage, his own hockey triumphs and how he is watching the sport of women's hockey grow.

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