Chatham’s Johnson to play pro volleyball in Estonia

Pierce Johnson (Photo by Peggy Johnson, courtsty of the University of Windsor Lancers)

Chatham’s Pierce Johnson is headed overseas to continue his volleyball career.

The University of Windsor announced that Pierce, who played four seasons for the Lancers, has signed a professional contract with the Selver Tallinn in Estonia.

“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.”

Selver is the top Estonian team, winning the Estonian Cup this past season.

Johnson, who attended Chatham-Kent Secondary School before heading to the University of Windsor, graduates as one of the decorated athletes in Lancer volleyball history.

He was twice named the Lancer male athlete of the year, was named to the OUA all-rookie team in his first season, was named an OUA first-team all-star three times, a U SPORTS all-Canadian twice, the OUA west division player of the year, won two OUA bronze medals and represented Canada at the Summer Universiade twice.

“I’m most proud of how Pierce handled all of his success during his time here,” said Lancer head coach James Gravelle. “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.”