Mickey Johnson with his 1975 U.P. Class A-B Championship Team.
Images courtesy of Marquette Area Public Schools.
In the annals of U.P. sports, there may he no more legendary a figure than that of Marquette's Mickey Johnson. Johnson began his coaching career at Marquette Senior High School in 1940 and would coach there for the next 50 years. His record at Marquette was remarkable, leading the boys' tennis program to 34 U.P. titles, including eleven in a row through the years of 1970 to 1981. This accomplishment was recognized by Sports Illustrated, which featured him in their "Faces in the Crowd" column. In the early 1970s, he began Marquette's girls' tennis program and led his squads to six U.E titles and a record of 132 wins and 26 losses. Johnson won his last title in 1989 at the age of 85. In addition, he directed Marquette's youth recreational program from 1951 to 1982. Before he retired, he had already been installed in the Northern Michigan University Hall of Fame, U.P. Sports Hall of Fame, the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame and the Michigan High School Tennis Coaching Association Hall of Fame.