Marty Johnson was masterful on the tennis court for the Jackrabbits, winning a total of four North Central Conference titles between singles and doubles play. In 1971, Johnson teamed with Wally Milfs to win the No. 2 doubles title at the conference meet. Later that year, Johnson became the first Jackrabbit tennis player to play in a national tournament as he received an at-large bid to compete at No. 1 singles in the NCAA College Division Tennis Championships.
A Brookings native, Johnson again finished as NCC runner-up at No. 1 singles in 1972, before claiming back-to-back league titles in 1973 and 1974. He teamed with Rob Wylie to win the No. 1 doubles conference title his senior season and competed in both singles and doubles in NCAA postseason competition.
Johnson remained a dominant tennis player following his days as a Jackrabbit, winning nearly a combined 30 titles between singles and doubles on the state tennis circuit. He also has coached tennis and served as head professional at various locations throughout the Midwest.