Responsibilities: Johnston oversees the media relations for the football, wrestling and softball teams at Virginia Tech, traveling with the teams and taking care of all media requests, while also handling each sport’s social media platforms. For football, he handles the needs of all 120 student-athletes in addition to writing the game notes and media guide, setting up the weekly press conferences and coordinating National Signing Day coverage. For wrestling and softball, he handles all of the statistical elements of each sport and keeps hokiesports.com updated for all three sports.
Joined VT Athletics Staff: 2000
At Virginia Tech: In addition to his work with the teams he is currently assigned, Johnston covered volleyball and swimming & diving for the office while also handling all of Michael Vick’s interview requests in 1999 as an intern in the sports information office.
Prior to Virginia Tech: Johnston came to Tech in 1999 as an intern following graduation from college and was made a full-time employee in 2000.
Education: University of South Carolina, 1999 (B.S. in sport administration)
Of Note: Johnston has been an active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for years, and he also is an active member of the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). The National Wrestling Media Association named him the National Wrestling S.I.D. of the Year in 2014, and he has worked with USA Softball and the NPF on several occasions.
Personal: A native of Chesapeake, Va., Johnston and his wife, Katy, live in Christiansburg with their three dogs.