Justin Johnson is entering his first season as Assistant Coach for the men’s and women’s track and field programs at Illinois Tech. Johnson will serve as the sprinters and hurdlers coach for the programs and brings with him an ample collegiate resume.
Johnson comes to Illinois Tech by way of Clemson University in South Carolina and St. Norbert College in Wisconsin where he was a student-athlete. He has had a successful collegiate career and has achieved several personal accolades in track and field. At Clemson, Johnson was crowned ACC champion in the 110-meter hurdles in 2015 and also ranks fourth all-time in Clemson history in the same event. He was also a 2015 NCAA qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles and a 2015 USA qualifier.
Prior to Clemson, Johnson also saw success on the track at St. Norbert where he was crowned 2012 NCAA Division III Midwest Conference MVP. He was the 2012 Division III Midwest Conference Champion in the 60, 110, and 400-meter hurdles and the National Champion in the 110-meter hurdles. In addition, he holds the record time for the 60 and 110-meter hurdles. Most recently in 2016, he was an Olympic Trails Qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles.
Along with his success on the track, Johnson was also successful in classroom. He received an Associate of Arts in Communications from St. Norbert in 2013 and more recently received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Media Relations from Clemson in 2015.
Johnson’s work background includes his role as Central Campus Manager at Clemson from 2013-2015. As campus manager, he supervised and assisted campus events, and created communication strategies to reach specific target audiences. Prior to Clemson, Johnson worked as a facilities employee at St. Norbert where he was responsible for working and maintaining the various campus facilities.
Throughout his college career, Johnson has also volunteered for several organizations such as WINGS, which provided housing for domestic violence victims, and Feed My Starving Children.