The 33-match schedule kicks off on Aug. 24 vs. Sacred Heart.
Royer-Johnson will embark on her 19th season in the fall of 2018.
The Friars will now add five members to the team in the fall
The Friars had a libero and a setter sign National Letters of Intent.
Coach Margot Royer-Johnson announced the hires on Tuesday, June 6.
Margot Royer-Johnson, was named the fifth head volleyball coach in Providence College history in August of 2000 and now enters her 18th season with the Friars. Providence enters its fourth season back in the BIG EAST after competing in the league from 1977-2001. The Friars last played in the America East Conference for four seasons (2010-13).
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 the country. 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 following season (2007) 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. That same season, Royer-Johnson mentored junior Lauren Fletcher to second team All-America East honors.
In 2011, the Friars posted an 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. In 2012, the season was highlighted by Cassie Muzzonigro setting the all-time career digs record with 1,787.
In Providence’s final year in the America East (2013), the Friars improved from the 2012 season with a record of 12-20. Royer-Johnson coached freshmen Michelle Cruz and Kayla Fitzgerald to the America East All-Rookie Team. Off the court, 10 student-athletes were named to the America East Fall Honor Roll.
In 2014, the Friars competed in their first season back in the BIG EAST Conference. The team had a strong stretch towards the end of the season with victories over DePaul (3-2) and Georgetown (3-0).
Royer-Johnson coached the Friars to a 10-22 record for the 2015 season. The Friars posted an eight-match winning streak, taking 21-consecutive sets.
The Friars won 13 games in 2016, marking the most wins in a single season since 2008. The Friars posted a nine-match winning streak, taking 27 of 32 sets during the streak. The season was highlighted by Michelle Cruz as she set the all-time digs record with 2,025 and tied for second in sets played during a career with 454.
The 2017 season saw the Friars continue along their upward trend. Providence won 17 matches during the season which is the most since the team won 19 in 2007. The Friars also won six games conference matches, the most since rejoining the BIG EAST in 2014. Providence began the season with an 11-match win streak, their best start to a season in program history. The season culminated with sophomore Addison Root being named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
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 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.
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