Michael Johnette enters his 3rd season as Head Coach, and his 13th year overall with the Reivers in 2018-19. This season marks his 18th year in junior college, and 20th total seasons coaching at the college level.
In Johnette’s two seasons as head coach of the Reivers, Iowa Western have compiled a 52-12 overall record (81.2% winning percentage) and reached the Region XI championship game both seasons. His teams have produced: 2 NJCAA All-Americans, 4 NJCAA Academic All-Americans, 19 ICCAC All-Conference performers, and 17 Academic All-Region XI performers. Showing excellence both on the hardwood and in the classroom; all 18 Reiver sophomores have graduated in those two seasons; 15 of which received full scholarships to attend and complete at NCAA institutions.
In over a decade of coaching for the Reivers, both as an assistant and now head coach, the program has won Region XI and District XI titles, reached seven Region XI finals, won an ICCAC regular season championship twice, compiled a 317-98 record (76.3% winning percentage), and has been ranked in the NJCAA Top 20 10 of his previous 12 seasons. In those 12 seasons at Iowa Western, Johnette has coached and recruited 64 players who have later moved on to receive scholarships to attend four-year programs, including 52 of those to NCAA Division I institutions.
Before arriving in Council Bluffs, Johnette spent the previous five seasons assistant coaching another traditional junior college power at Hutchinson Community College, Kan. While at Hutchinson, the Blue Dragons compiled a 111-39 record (.74 winning percentage) and won the 2003-2004 Jayhawk Conference title. Johnette coached and recruited 15 NCAA Division I transfers during that span.
Johnette finished his playing career after junior and senior campaigns at the University of Nebraska. He played on the Cornhuskers' 1998 NCAA tournament team that participated in the West Regional in Boise, ID. A two-time letterman for the Huskers, Johnette completed his bachelor's degree in exercise science in 1999. A native of Omaha, NE, Johnette not only has coached at the junior college level, he also played at that level as well. Michael began his college career playing two seasons at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, KS.. Johnette started on the 1996 Thunderbird team that won a still current Cloud County program record 27 games, was the Kansas Independent League Champions, and advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region VI playoffs.
Johnette is the third generation of basketball coaches in his family. His grandfather John Johnette was a nationally recognized coach at Omaha Burke High School for over 25 seasons, coaching the Bulldogs to two state basketball titles and one state baseball crown. Michael's father, Gerald Johnette coached the Millard North High School Mustangs basketball program for the first 17 years of the school's existence. Johnette and his wife, the former Cherish Ebert of Salina, KS, reside in Council Bluffs and have a son Trenton, and a daughter Madison.