Nickname: "A.J." Birthdate: January 31, 1965 Hometown: Laguna Beach, Calif.
Resides: San Clemente, Calif. Training Site: Capistrano Beach, Calif. Height/Weight 6'3"/190 Years Pro: 1988-2000 College: University of Southern California, Communications degree
2001 Prize Money: Did not compete in 2001 due to injuries
2000 Prize Money: $ 42,375
1999 Prize Money: $ 98,250
1998 Prize Money: $ 76,034 1997 Prize Money: $149,972 (5th) 1996 Prize Money: $271,580 1995 Prize Money: $276,910 1994 Prize Money: $211,286 Career Prize Money: $1,664,342 (5th overall) Career Open Wins: 44 (10th overall) Married: March 1990 to Jennifer, have a son and a daughter
One of the winningest players in pro beach history.
He has won over $1,654,000 (fifth best among domestic players) with 44 event titles (tenth-best).
Johnson, who also ranks tenth among domestic players in tournaments played (247), did not compete in 2001 due to injuries.
Johnson and Karch Kiraly just missed qualifying for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games when Kiraly suffered a right shoulder separation
in the final FIVB qualifying event. Johnson was an alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games for the United States.
Johnson and Kiraly placed fifth at the 1999 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
Johnson won 16 of his pro beach titles with Kiraly as the tandem posted 39 “final four” finishes together in 62 starts.
He won the King of the Beach in 1994 to break Karch Kiraly’s streak of three-straight titles.
First played beach volleyball competitively in 1987 with Owen McKibbin.
He conducted numerous volleyball clinics along the AVP tour.
Competed in Team Cup Volleyball for Team Foot Locker AC in 1992, earning MVP honors for the team.
Graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication from USC in 1987.
Married his wife, Jennifer, while competing in Italy in March 1990, and then they repeated their vows upon returning to the United States. Enjoys golf, tennis, and finding new restaurants along the AVP tour.
Compiled 44 Career Open Wins. $1,664,342 Career Beach Earning total (5th overall).
1997-2000 Compiled 16 Open wins (with Karch Kiraly), 39 “final four” finishes together in 62 starts.
1996 - Compiled 7 Open wins (with Jose Loiola) - 6 second place finishes - 1 third place finish - 2 fourth place finishes - 6th at King of the Beach - $271,580 earnings
1995 - Compiled 6 Open wins (2 with Randy Stoklos, 4 with Jose Loiola) - 6 second place finishes (2 with Randy Stoklos, 4 with Jose Loiola) - $276,910 earnings
1994 - Compiled 3 Open wins (with Randy Stoklos) - won at: San Francisco, Calif. Manhattan Beach, Calif. Belmar, N.J. - 4 second place finishes, 2 third place finishes - won the King of the Beach title, ending Karch Kiraly's three year hold on the event - $211,286 earnings
1993 - won the San Antonio Open (with Bruk Vandeweghe) - won the FIVB World Beach Series Championships in Brazil with Kent Steffes.
1992 - won at the Fort Myers Beach Open and the Fresno Open (both with Steffes) - four second place finishes: at the U.S. Championships (with Tim Hovland), Honolulu Open and Phoenix Open (with Steffes), and Louisville Open (with Ricci Luyties)
1991 - won at the U.S. Championships, Milwaukee Open, and Cleveland Open (all with Luyties) - won at Santa Barbara Open (with Pat Powers) for his first career victory.
Other Beach Highlights:
- AVP Special Achievement award in 1998
- Won the 1994 King of the Beach title at Walt Disney World, Fla.
- Voted the AVP "Best Defensive Player" in 1993, 1997
- Voted the AVP "Most Improved Player" in 1991
1988-1990 - Played on the United States National Team, earning the 1989 Player's Award.
1990 - Played professionally in Italy.
1985-1987 - Led USC to three NCAA Championship berths (finished 2nd to Pepperdine, Pepperdine, UCLA)
1986, 1987 - Named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team
1985-1987 - Earned All-American honors three times
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