Johnson Named USTFCCCA National Men's Assistant Track Coach Of The Year|
June 13, 2013
USC assistant track and field coach John Henry Johnson was named the 2013 National Men's Assistant Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today (June 13).
In his nineteenth season as USC's sprints coach, Johnson helped lead Trojan sprinters to three All-America honors as Aaron Brown captured fifth place in the 100m and 200m races and Bryshon Nellum placed third in the 200m dash at the NCAA Championships. Together they teamed up to score 14 of the Trojans' 42 points at the NCAA Championships.
In the 100m finals, the junior Brown finished fifth in a very close men's race with a wind-aided (+3.2) PR of 10.01, .002 out of fourth place. Brown became the first Trojan to score in the 100m dash since Ahmad Rashad placed second in 2009. To put in perspective how fast the 100m finals was, Brown's 10.01 time was the fastest ever in the event by a Trojan at the NCAA Championships and USC has had six athletes finish in the top three in the event.
In the 200m finals, USC was the only school with two runners in the final eight with Nellum running 20.27 to place third and Brown 20.33 to take fifth. They became the first pair of Trojans to score in the 200m dash at NCAAs in the same season since Clancy Edwards and James Sanford finished first and third respectively in 1978. In the semifinals, Nellum ran a wind-aided 19.99, the fastest time for the 200m dash under any condition by a college athlete in 2013.
It was a stellar season for Johnson who had his athletes go 1-2-3 at 200 meters and 1-2 at 100 meters at the Pac-12 Championships. Brown and BeeJay Lee both ran 10.07 at the time tied for the third-fastest in school history and fourth in Pac-12 history. USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Year Bryshon Nellum, Brown and Davonte Stewart swept the 200m with Nellum's time of 20.23 the third-fastest in USC history, seventh-fastest on conference history and fastest in the Pac-12 since 2000. Johnson now has guided a USC athlete to eight Pac-12 titles each in the 100m and 200m races.