Veteran coach Troy Johnson will take the helm of the Warriors track and field programs this fall, announced Cal State Stanislaus Director of Athletics Michael Matoso .
Johnson, who served as interim assistant coach during the 2013 outdoor season, will report to Diljeet Taylor. Taylor was recently named the Director of Track and Field and Cross Country, overseeing all administrative aspects of all five sports programs.
"I am happy to welcome back Troy as our head coach as we complete this new staff restructuring process within our track and cross country programs," said Taylor. "Troy brings a lot of coaching experience and has proven to be a successful coach in collegiate track and field. He will help us propel our track programs to a highly competitive level."
Johnson served as a full time assistant coach here at Cal State Stanislaus from 2000 to 2007, where his emphasis included coaching student-athletes in the sprints, jumps and multi-events disciplines. He returned to Turlock this past spring to assist Taylor during the track season after Taylor took over interim head coach duties.
From 2007 to 2012, Johnson was the head coach for track and field and cross country at Cal Poly Pomona, where he led the Broncos to many individual national championship appearances with eight individual All-Americans. Seven of his teams also received Academic All-America team honors.
"I'm very excited to have this opportunity to reacquaint myself and family to Warrior Track and Field, the Athletics Department, CSU Stanislaus, and the Turlock community," Johnson said. "I take great pride and have a passion for being involved with the all-around development of the student-athlete academically and athletically in a positive social environment."
Since 2000, under Johnson's instructions, 31 student-athletes were All-Americans with 35 conference champions, including two-time national champion Chaunte Mitchell and 2008 World Indoor Gold Medalist Joel Stallworth. He also helped coached 77 student-athletes to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Johnson, who is actively involved with serving on committees of the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association, is also a USA Track & Field level one instructor. He obtained his Master's degree in Human Performance in Sport from New Mexico Highlands in 2010. He was a 1994 Sociology graduate from Utah State, after spending two years at Cuesta College.