Allen Johnson

Allen  Johnson

Assistant Coach | Sprints, Hurdles


Allen Johnson Selected for Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame

The 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 110-meter hurdles is one of seven inductees for the Class of 2013.


Falcons Set to Host Annual All-Comers Meet

The meet will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cadet Field House.


Blue and Silver Open

Photos from the Blue and Silver Open on Dec. 9, 2011.

Allen Johnson, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles, is in his third season as the coach of the Falcons' sprinters and hurdlers, after joining the Air Force track and field coaching staff in November 2011.

During his first season with Air Force, Johnson coached the men's 4x400-meter relay team to Mountain West titles during both the indoor and outdoor championship meets. Highlighting the Falcons' sweep was a then-record-setting performance to clinch the program's first-ever indoor team title. His squad of Manny Smith, Anthony Delgado, Jake Spuller and Bryce Bergman went on to break the program's 4x400-meter relay record again the following week, with a 3:10.52 at the Alex Wilson Invitational. He also coached Smith and Bergman to individual all-conference honors.

In 2013, he coached Anthony Delgado to the program's first conference title at the 400-meter distance, as Delagado and David Ptacek went one-two in that event at the MW Outdoor Championships. Johnson also saw the women's 4x100-meter quartet of Bethany Gross, Naomi Alston, Morgan Malone and Kassie Gurnell shatter the Academy record at the conference meet (47.29), while Gross and Erica Carson marked only the second and third times in program history that a member of the women's squad had scored in the 400-meter dash.

In addition to his Olympic gold, Johnson earned gold medals in the hurdles at seven IAAF World Championship meets. He finished first in the 110-meter hurdles at the outdoor world championships in 1995 (Gothenburg), 1997 (Athens), 2001 (Edmonton) and 2003 (Paris), while placing first in the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor world championships in 1995 (Barcelona), 2003 (Birmingham) and 2004 (Budapest). In addition, Johnson finished second in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2008 indoor championships in Valencia, Spain, third at the 110-meter hurdles at the 2005 championships in Helinski, Finland and fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Johnson, who was ranked as the top 110-meter hurdler in the world for four years by Track & Field News, spent 14 consecutive years listed among the world's top 10, including 12 years ranked within the top five, while finishing a record 11 races in less than 13 seconds.

A native of Washington D.C., Johnson was the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Jesse Owens Award, which is the highest accolade given out by USA Track and Field (USATF). He also earned the USATF/Visa Humanitarian Award in 1999, after leading a successful fundraiser for a new track surface at his former high school.

As a collegiate athlete at the University of North Carolina, Johnson won the 1992 NCAA championship in the 55-meter hurdles with a meet-record time of 7.07. He was the national runner-up in the 55-meter hurdles (indoor) and 110-meter hurdles (outdoor) as a senior, while setting an ACC record in the long jump. Johnson, who still holds school records at North Carolina in the indoor long jump, outdoor long jump and 110-meter hurdles, also won four ACC titles, including three in the long jump (two indoor, one outdoor) and one in the 110-meter hurdles.

Johnson comes to the Academy after serving as a volunteer coach at South Carolina under his former coach Curtis Frye.

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