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Kris (Manske) Johnson
Kris (Manske) Johnson

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will kick off the evening which will be followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony is being held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.

The second 2012 inductee into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame is Kris (Manske) Johnson. She was a four-year starter on the basketball team from 1995-98. Johnson is the all-time NMU leader in steals with 391, recording 192 more than second place, ranking her 11th in NCAA Division II history. She is second all-time in career assists (680), ranking her 15th in the NCAA. Johnson also finished fifth at NMU in scoring (1,503) and sixth in rebounding (676).

“Kris Manske was the Larry Bird of NMU basketball,” current NMU women’s basketball coach Troy Mattson said. “She was someone that wasn’t blessed with a lot of foot speed or pure athleticism but she may have been the smartest player that has ever played here. She would let everyone get in the flow of the game with her passing and when it was time to take over she would step up with a big shot, rebound our steal. She was a complete basketball player and was really a go to person when it came to crunch time in big games.”

In 1998, Johnson was a Kodak First Team All-American, a Daktronics Third Team All-American, All-Great Lakes Region First Team, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-GLIAC and on the GLIAC All-Defensive Team. She led the team to NMU’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Final Four.

Johnson was a Kodak Honorable Mention All-American in 1997, Second Team All-Region and First Team All-GLIAC. Johnson was a GLIAC Second Team selection in 1996 and the 1995 GLIAC Freshman of the Year.

Johnson also holds the Northern record for most consecutive free throws made (21) and best free throw percentage in a game 100 percent (14-for-14 vs. Oakland, 1995). She led the team in assists all four years and led in rebounding and three-pointers made in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Her 105 steals in 1998, is the most steals in a single season at NMU.

Johnson graduated from NMU in 1998 with a bachelor of science in biochemistry.  She spent nine years as an assistant coach at Division I University of Wisconsin Green Bay under Kevin Borseth.

Johnson, is a native of Muskego, Wis., and graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School. She and her husband, Dave, reside in Green Bay with their son, Zachary and daughters, Taylor and Olivia.

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