Sept. 12, 2006
Louisville, Ky. - The University of Louisville Athletics Department has hired former WNBA standouts Lisa Harrison and Adrienne Johnson to the staff. Harrison and Johnson will serve as outreach coordinators for the athletic department.
"Lisa and Adrienne are outstanding professionals and superb role models for our student-athletes," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Julie Hermann. "It's a spectacular thing to have them join our staff and become an integral part of our mission here."
Harrison comes to Louisville after spending the last six seasons playing for the Phoenix Mercury. She was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the third round of the 1999 WNBA draft. Harrison finished her six seasons with the Mercury playing in 187 game with 138 starts while scoring 1,125 points and pulling down 673 rebounds. She averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in her WNBA career.
Prior to playing in the WNBA, Harrison spent three seasons in the ABL playing for the Columbus Quest (1996-97) and the Portland Power (1997-99). She averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Quest and averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Power.
Harrison graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1993 with a degree in Communications and Broadcasting. She finished her playing career with the Lady Vols, scoring 1,135 career points. As a sophomore she helped the Lady Vols to the 1991 NCAA National Championship title. Harrison was named a Kodak All-American in 1993 and earned All-SEC honors as well. She also played for the 1991 U.S. Junior National Basketball Team and Olympic Festival Basketball Team in 1991.
The 1991 Kentucky Miss Basketball was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1999. Harrison helped guide Southern High School to the 1988 Kentucky State Championship.
Harrison spent the last two off-seasons working with the Mercury Community Relations Department. She also worked for Nike in their basketball sports marketing department.
Johnson comes to Louisville after spending the last eight seasons playing in the WNBA. She joined the Cleveland Rockers in 1997, the inaugural WNBA season. Then in 1999 she was selected eighth overall by the Orlando Miracle in the expansion draft. The Orlando Miracle franchise moved to Connecticut in Jan. 2003 to become the Connecticut Sun. Johnson played for the Sun until signing as a free agent with the Seattle Storm in March of 2005 and then announced her retirement in April of 2006.
Johnson finished her WNBA career playing in 181 games with 38 starts, 1,018 points, 292 rebounds, 132 assists and 73 steals. She graduated from Ohio State in 1997 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. The 1992 Butler High School graduate finished her career at Ohio State as a 1,000 point scorer. She averaged 13.0 points and 3.1 assists per game her senior season for the Buckeyes. Johnson also earned All-Big Ten honors her senior season.
Johnson also earned the WNBA's first Hometown Hero Award for her community service during the 2000 off-season.