Tuesday morning Midwestern State announced the passing of head coach Noel Johnson following a 14-month battle with Stage IV ovarian cancer.
She coached the program for 12 years and is the Mustangs' all-time winningest head coach amassing 159 wins and guided MSU to a 2013 Lone Star Conference title.
As a player, Johnson was a national championship winner at Texas Tech in 1993 and was later inducted into the program's Hall of Honor in 2005. She was also inducted into the Texas Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018 after playing at Nazareth.
She began her coaching career as an assistant at Texas State under Suzanne Fox for nine seasons.
"What I will always remember about my dear friend Noel Johnson is her consistency with how she treated people," athletic director Kyle Williams said in a statement. "Noel was the epitome of a player's coach. Her love for her team was so evident not only on the court, but more impressive to me was the way she handled her student athletes off the court. Whether that meant a study hall on Sunday night or meeting her students at one of the non-profit community partners, Coach Johnson portrayed true leadership in molding female athletes for their future as evidenced in her 90-percent graduation rates. Noel leaves a significant mark on the Midwestern State's women's basketball program. Thank you, Coach J."