Sheryl Johnson

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Sheryl Johnson
Personal information
Full name Sheryl Ann Johnson
Born December 9, 1957 (1957-12-09) (age 59)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.

Sheryl Ann Johnson (born December 9, 1957 in Palo Alto, California) is a former field hockey player and coach from the United States. She grew up in Cupertino, CA, and attended Monta Vista High School. She was a three-sport athlete at the University of California Berkeley, playing field hockey, basketball and softball.


She was a member of the United States national team from 1978–1991 and was a three time Olympian. She was a member of the team in the 1980 Summer Olympics field hockey team, although did not compete because the U.S. boycotted the games. Four years later, she competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California where she and the U.S. National Team won the bronze medal.

Pan American Games[edit]

In 1979, she competed in the Pan American Games where team USA finished second, winning a silver medal. Four years later, when Seoul hosted the Summer Games, Johnson finished in eighth position with Team USA. She was named U.S. Field Hockey Athlete of the Year in 1986, 1987 & 1989.

World Record[edit]

She long held the Guinness Book of World Records record for the most capped international player, competing in 137 international matches.


Johnson retired from the national team in 1991. She was inducted into the USFHA Hall of Fame in May 1994. She was honored in the spring of 2001 by the C-society when she was recognized as the only woman in the University of California Berkeley history to earn a Varsity letter in three sports. She coached the Women's field Hockey team at Stanford University 1984–2002, and was an eight-time NorPac coach of the year.[1]