Steve Johnson, the uOttawa women’s soccer coach with a .813 career winning percentage over 14 seasons, has returned from a six-month global odyssey spanning 10 nations.
The founder of the Gee-Gees women’s soccer program in 1994, Johnson, 46, was accompanied by his wife Jane and son Alex, 8, on a family adventure covering Maylasia, Thailand, India, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
The trip began November 21, 2007 and ended May 15, 2008.
A highlight was attending Gee-Gees assistant coach Sanjeev Parmar’s wedding in Parmar’s parent’s hometown in the Punjab province of India.
“There we were, in with the local people, seeing things the way they are for the local inhabitants,” said Johnson. “The education in being in a different environment among different cultures was an education itself.”
Johnson said his perspective has changed following the adventure. “When I read the paper I’m going to be looking a lot more closely at Asia. Before the trip it would have been just another spot.
A half-time coach at uOttawa, Johnson will return to a longtime position as a design technology instructor at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in the fall.
Johnson, who carries a 119-14-35 regular season career coaching record at uOttawa, is actively recruiting a goalkeeper and at least two other starters with the goal of guiding the Gee-Gees to a 10th berth in the CIS championship tournament and possible seventh OUA title in 2008.
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