Gale Johnson’s Biography
Gale has been a volleyball player and coach for the past 23 years. She is also the Varsity coach at Chaparral High School. In 2015, Gale was the head coach of Forza1 14-1s that finished 11th overall in SCVA and 5th at Regionals. Along the way they finished 6th at the Fiesta Classic and 5th at the Volleyball Festival. In 2016, Gale head coached the 14-1 team where they competed in the Gold division of SCVA battling with the best and won a bronze medal at the 2017 USA Nationals! In 2018 she assisted the 15UA team to 15th place in SCVA! In 2018 Gale helped coach the 12UA team. In 2019/2020 she helped coach 13UA. Gale has 3 daughters that play at Forza1. Her twin daughters Morgan and Liz both will be playing college ball in the fall; Morgan at BYU and Liz at St Rose in Albany.
Gale’s club coaching career began in Utah as a top 15s and 16s Elite coach. After a few years, Gale took a break to start a family and then recently rejoined the coaching ranks here in Temecula as a local coach. It didn’t take long for Gale to return to the Elite level though and in 2014 she head coached a 13-1s to a 5th place finish at the JO Qualifier in Anaheim and a 9th place finish at the VB Festival.
Gale was an All-American volleyball player at BYU and in college she was a four year starter and only the third player in BYU history to record more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. Some of her other awards include: AVCA All-American, ’96 Volleyball Magazine All-American, 1996 WAC Player of the Year, ’96 WAC Tournament MVP, and was 1st Team All-WAC and Academic All-WAC multiple years. In 1993, Gale started as a freshman on BYU’s Final Four Team. To advance to the Final Four, her team beat #1 UCLA at UCLA in straight sets. Gale led both teams in kills that match as a freshman.
Before college Gale attended Diamond Bar High School. While at DBHS she was MVP of the Sierra League, All-Inland Valley and All-CIF. Gale’s high school inducted her into the Hall of Fame.
After BYU, Gale played professionally for the Utah Predators and began her coaching career as the Head Volleyball Coach at American Fork High School. At AFHS, she taught History and Government, and earned a Masters Degree in Teaching (MAT) from Grand Canyon University.