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Venerable four-time Team USATF coach Brooks Johnson selected as 2018 Legend Coach


INDIANAPOLIS -- Brooks Johnson, famed coach of athletes in every Olympics since 1968, is the 2018 USATF Legend Coach, USATF announced Thursday.


Johnson will be recognized by USATF on Saturday, June 23 at 12:50 p.m. CT at Drake Stadium during the USATF Outdoor Championships, followed by a private reception in the evening.


Born in 1934, Johnson started in the sport as a high school sprinter in Massachusetts, eventually competing for Tufts University and winning gold for Team USATF in the 4x100m relay at the 1963 Pan American Games. After attending law school at the University of Chicago, Johnson worked for the State Department at the Governmental Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C. He coached athletes of various levels in his spare time and eventually began coaching track and football at St. Albans School, where he worked with high school discus thrower and future Vice President Al Gore. Other notable athletes under his tutelage include Ted Kennedy, Jr., Marvin and Neil Bush, sons of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.


Johnson is a four-time Team USATF coach, including head women’s coach at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and relays coach at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He produced his first Olympic medalist in the 110m hurdles with Willie May, who won silver at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.


With 13 Olympic Games under his belt, Johnson has also coached decorated champions, including Evelyn Ashford, Chandra Cheeseborough and most recently, he led 110m hurdler David Oliver to a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and an American record in 2010.


His 20-year collegiate coaching career includes head coaching stints at Stanford University and Cal Poly as well as an assistant coaching role at the University of Florida. Johnson was inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame in 1997 and honored as the 2010 USATF Nike Coach of the Year.


The USATF Legend Coach Award is in its fifth year and is selected by the USATF Coaches Advisory Committee. The inaugural award was presented to Hall of Fame Tigerbelle Coach Ed Temple in 2014, followed by Dr. Joe Vigil in 2015, Tom Tellez in 2016 and Clyde Hart in 2017.

This year’s USATF Outdoor Championships, June 21-24, will serve as the selection event for the Team USATF roster for the Athletics World Cup, to be contested July 14-15 in London.

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