The record of 1,599 digs was formerly held by Sarah Katinger `02.
Margot Royer-Johnson, who was named the fifth head volleyball coach in Providence College history in August 2000, enters her 14th season with the Friars who will enter their fourth season as a member of the America East Conference.
In her first season with the Friars, Royer-Johnson led the squad to a 9-1 start and an overall record of 16-15 while competing in the BIG EAST.
The 2001 campaign proved to be a test of the team's mettle as the Friars played a tough non-conference schedule combined with the always strong BIG EAST Conference schedule. PC finished with a 6-20 overall record as Friars' outside hitter Sarah Katinger earned All-BIG EAST honors. In 2002, Providence ran into similar obstacles as the team finished with a 2-29 mark.
Providence College volleyball became an independent program in 2003, but continued to play a slate of challenging national opponents. In 2005, the Friars posted a 7-28 record with a squad among the youngest in America. Consisting of eight freshmen, two sophomores and two seniors, the Friars posted their highest win total since 2000.
Royer-Johnson led the 2006 squad, comprised of two juniors, seven sophomores, and three freshmen, to a 14-win season.
The 2007 season saw the Friars win 19 games, which was the highest total since 1997 when the squad recorded 21 wins. In 2008, the team posted a 15-20 record and followed that up with a 10-16 record in 2009.
The 2010 campaign saw the Friars compete as members of the America East conference for the first time, posting a 10-23 mark with a 2-10 record in league play. Royer-Johnson mentored junior Lauren Fletcher to second team All-America East honors that season.
In 2011, the Friars posted a 8-22 mark with a 2-10 conference record. Senior Lauren Fletcher received First Team All-America East honors, while 10 Friars were named to the America East Fall Honor Roll. Last year, the Friars 1-30 season was highlighed by Cassie Muzzonigro setting the all-time career digs record with 1,787 digs.
In the summer of 2008, Royer-Johnson was selected to coach a group of collegiate athletes in a tournament held in Australia. Her team competed against the Queensland Academy of Sport, National Junior and National Senior teams. Royer-Johnson also coached for USA Athletes International in the summer of 2009 during a tour of Scotland. 2010 saw stops in Austria, Slovenia and Italy before a 2011 squad, which included Providence's Carly Morrison and Cassie Muzzonigro, visited Curacao. In 2012, the team, which included two Friars, Kelly Ashmore and Beth Hoyt, traveled to the Netherlands where they played 11 matches in Amsterdam, Soeste and Groningen. This summer she coached in Costa Rica where her team finished 4-0 and included Annie Russian and Beth Hoyt.
Royer-Johnson came to Providence after spending three years as assistant coach and kinesiology lecturer at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. In addition to her coaching duties at Angelo State, Royer-Johnson was the director of ASU's volleyball camp and coached the Planet Volleyball Junior Olympic club team for 18-and-under players.
From October 1996 to May 1997, Royer-Johnson worked for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center where she oversaw the fitness lab. While working for NASA, Royer-Johnson served as a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland in the kinesiology department, where she earned her master's degree in kinesiology, with a concentration in sports psychology, in May of 1997.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Scranton with a double-major in human services and philosophy, Royer-Johnson was a four-year letter winner on the volleyball team. She was captain as a junior and senior and was named the league MVP in her senior season. She was also the recipient of the O'Hara Award as a senior, which is presented annually to the outstanding female athlete of the Scranton senior class.
In January 2009, Royer-Johnson was inducted into the University of Scranton's Wall of Fame, the first and only volleyball player in school history to receive the honor. The Wall of Fame was founded in 1970 to honor former student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and those in the community who have been instrumental in the overall development of the University of Scranton's athletics program.
Royer-Johnson resides in North Providence, R.I. with her husband, Jeff. The couple married in December 2009.