Valerie Johnson joined the Kansas Athletics staff in February 2021 as an assistant communications director in the communications department.
In her current role, she serves as the primary communications contact for Kansas softball, women’s soccer and swim and dive.
Johnson returns to college athletics after spending eight months with Old Navy where she served as a key holder and department lead for the largest store in the Kansas City area.
Prior to Old Navy, Johnson worked at Oregon State University as an athletic communications assistant (2018-2020). She served as the primary communications contact for softball and women’s soccer while assisting with all 16 sports programs.
Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in 2018, where she majored in Sports Management. She spent two years with CMU’s athletic communications department serving as the primary contact for gymnastics and field hockey and as a secondary for women’s basketball and lacrosse. She also operated as the assistant social media director producing content for CMU’s football, basketball and gymnastics programs in postseason play.