Windsor Lancer Pierce Johnson signs Professional Contract
Lancer volleyball all-star Pierce Johnson has signed a professional volleyball contract and will play overseas with Selver Tallinn for the 2021-22 season.
Selver is a top Estonian volleyball team located in the capital city of Tallinn and won the Estonian Cup this past season.
Although he did not get to compete in his fifth year with the Lancers due to the global pandemic, Johnson graduates as one of the most decorated athletes in blue and gold volleyball history. The two time Olympic Shield award winner as Lancer male athlete of the year, Johnson was recognized by the league for his accomplishments on the court every year that he competed.
After being named to the OUA all-rookie team in his first season, Johnson was named an OUA first team all-star three times, a U SPORTS all-Canadian twice, the OUA west division player of the year and represented Canada at the Summer Universiade twice throughout his university career. He captured two OUA bronze medals and was also named the Lancers male Super Sophomore award winner after his second year with the team.
“I am so thrilled to be signing my first contract with Selver Tallinn,” said Johnson. “It’s been a tough journey over the last five years (especially the last year and a half) but with the help of Coach Gravelle and the team I’ve been able to continue to chase my dream of playing professionally overseas.”
Lancer head coach James Gravelle is disappointed that Johnson didn’t get to play his fifth year, but is excited for the opportunities that lie ahead for him. “It’s a shame that Pierce didn’t get to compete in his fifth year to add to those incredible totals above, especially his ultimate goal of OUA Champion, but his Lancer hall of fame credentials are not in doubt even without a fifth year of competition.”
“I’m most proud of how Pierce handled all of his success during his time here. He was a great representative of our school and excellent teammate. He was hardworking and humble. He always celebrated the team accomplishments and downplayed any individual awards. Our program is in a better place for having him.”