For Husker Public Address Team, Marriage Works On and Off the Court


Like any good husband would do, Steve Johnsen does what his wife says.

For the past 28 years, that's what he's done when it comes to Husker volleyball games.

"She's talking in my ear as I'm talking over the PA," Steve said.

'She' is Steve's wife, Vicky.

The two have seen a lot of changes in their 28 years of public address announcing together. A new coach, new players and now, a new arena, but there is one thing that hasn't changed.

Vickey Johnsen has been alongside her husband since they started in the mid 80's. While only Steve's voice is heard booming over the speakers, Vicky is telling him what to say, and it's more than just names and numbers.

"I know the pattern of his announcements," Vicky said. "I always know that a double block comes first, the opponent substitute comes next, our substitute, the server is last. I know to give them to him in that order."

She's even had her chance to be the voice of the Huskers.

"I came down and introduced the starting lineup and got sick, so she put the headset on and did the rest of the match," Steve said.

"Just one time, that's all I needed," Vicky joked. "I know my role. I'm the spotter."

And she spots more than just the game. When it comes to the NCAA tournament, Steve is supposed to be unbiased. When he forgets, Vicky turns from spotter, to wife.

"One time I did have to grab his shirt and pull him down to the table, and I think one time maybe I've pounded the table," Vicky said.

A reminder that whatever her role, Steve knows he wouldn't be where he is today without Vicky.

"Oh hey, trust me, I know where my bread is buttered," Steve said.


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