Andy Johnson - Baseball & Ice Hockey Mentor
Former Minnesota Twins scout Andy Johnson joined the UStudy team in May 2022. Andy is originally from the U.S. but has made his home in Norway since 2003. His role is to assist UStudy with evaluating the player’s talent and potential for playing college baseball in the United States.
Andy’s background as a former college and international player and coach as well as his experience as a professional MLB scout has taken him to all levels of baseball around the globe.
Andy is a 1995 graduate of Litchfield High School in central Minnesota where he was a varsity letter recipient in baseball and ice hockey. He continued his baseball pursuits at Riverland Community College in Austin, Minnesota where he was team captain and an all-conference selection. He then transferred to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he continued to play baseball and ice hockey while graduating with a Bachelors degree in Communications and a minor in Coaching in 1999.
Andy played and managed internationally in Sweden, Australia and Germany until 2004 when he began his international scouting career with the Minnesota Twins. He primarily focused his efforts on Europe, particularly the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy but covered additional events in Japan, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
In 2004 Andy signed his first professional player in outfielder Wesley Connor of the Oosterhout Twins followed shortly thereafter by HCAW pitcher Loek Van Mil and Amsterdam Pirates pitcher Tom Stuifbergen. In 2009 Andy was the lead scout in the Minnesota Twins acquiring current Major League standout Max Kepler.
In 2021 Andy obtained his Master’s degree in International Higher Education from the University of Oslo where he researched the role of sports in Norwegian Higher Education.
Andy lives in Kristiansand, Norway located on the countries southern coast with his wife and two sons. He is a volunteer youth ice hockey coach, founder of the Kristiansand Suns Baseball Club, and head coach of the Norwegian National Baseball Team. He also serves as a board member of the European baseball Coaches Association and holds a position with the Kristiansand Sports Council advising clubs on diversity and recruitment.
Andy got his start in ice hockey on the outdoor rinks of Minnesota which is home to several division 1 college hockey programs for men and women. He played high school hockey in Litchfield, Minnesota and later played 2 years at Division III Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota alongside of baseball. Following his international baseball career Andy continued to play club hockey in Oslo, Norway and later in his current city of Kristiansand. Today he is the sports and youth director for a Idda Ice Hockey Club where his two sons compete and he serves as a coach.