Summer, 2012 -- Coach Johnson Becomes Coach Emeritus

Post date: Aug 4, 2012 4:52:06 PM

If it happened in CNU Track & Field, Coach Lou probably had something to do with it. After 26 years as an integral part of the CNU coaching staff, the venerable Coach Johnson will shift to a consulting role as he turns his focus to a talented post-collegiate training group.

Coach Lou Celebrated For His Career At CNU

Long-Time Coach To Shift Focus To Post-Collegiates

Coach Louis Johnson has dedicated over a quarter century to the CNU Track & Field Program. He helped guide the Captains to all 12 National Championships and over 450 All-America Honors, including over 50 Individual and Relay Titles. Few coaches can claim such a record of success. A small measure of the lasting effect he had on the lives of his student-athletes and those close to the program was shown in April at the Alumni & Family cook-out following the New Captain's Classic. Dozens of alumni joined the current CNU TFXC family, as did several members of the Athletics Department staff and former CNU Head Coach Vince Brown to help celebrate his career.

Coach Lou was presented with a mock-up of the bronze plaque that will be mounted near the finish line of the indoor Vince Brown Track at the Freeman Center. The timing platform there will be recognized as "Coach Lou's Perch" where he is sure to be found at CNU's home events.

While not retiring from coaching, Johnson will continue to serve in an emeritus role with the program as he focuses his attention on his cadre of post-collegiate athletes under the banner of The Speed Specific Program. One of his charges, Ronald Bennett, not only made the 2012 Olympics in the 110m Hurdles, but was named the flag bearer for Honduras at the Opening Ceremonies.