Brian Johnson is joining a Georgia coaching staff that finished with three top-10 national finishes in 2014.
Aug. 20, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The University of Georgia track and field program has added Olympian and NCAA champion Brian Johnson to its staff, according to an announcement from head coach Wayne Norton.
Johnson, who left his post as head coach of Southern University in Baton Rouge to join Georgia's staff, will be a Bulldog assistant coach and the team's recruiting coordinator.
A native of Iowa, La., Johnson had guided Southern's track and field program since August 2010, was an assistant at the school starting in 2003 and a Southern graduate. He guided both the men and women Jaguar teams to second-place finishes at the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. Johnson also was instrumental as Devin Jenkins captured the 60-meter dash, 100 and 200 titles at the 2014 conference meet.
Johnson had an exceptional career at Southern before joining the coaching ranks at the institution. He finished third in the long jump at the 2001 and 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships and was also fifth in the 100-meter dash (10.46) at the 2002 outdoor nationals, which were in Baton Rouge.
Then in 2003, Johnson traveled 27 feet, 2 inches claim the NCAA indoor championship in the long jump. Johnson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Southern in May 2003.
After taking second in the long jump at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Johnson represented Team USA and finished 22nd at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Two years prior to that he swept the 2006 USATF indoor and outdoor championships. Between 2005 and 2010, Johnson was ranked every year in the top 10 worldwide in the long jump.
Coming with Johnson to Athens will be his wife Pamela Johnson and their three kids: Cobe, Talar and Jett.
Johnson replaces Jon Stuart who accepted a head coaching opportunity at the University of Southern Mississippi over the summer. Stuart was a UGA grad and had coached the Georgia men's sprinters since 1999.