Troy Johnson, who served at the head coach of the Cal Poly Pomona cross country and track and field programs the past five seasons, has announced he is stepping down from the position, effective immediately. Assistant coach Tony Reyes has been named as interim head coach of both programs through the completion of a national search for a new head coach.
"I want to thank University President Dr. J. Michael Ortiz, Vice President for Student Affairs Doug Freer and Director of Athletics Brian Swanson in giving me the opportunity to coach at Cal Poly Pomona the last five years," Johnson said. "I appreciate every moment I was able to spend in leading the student-athletes and I look forward to new challenges as my coaching career moves forward."
During his tenure at Cal Poly Pomona, Johnson guided six student-athletes to reach All-American status at the NCAA Division II level. Through the five seasons, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings regularly featured Johnson's cross country and track and field teams among the best in the West Region.
"Troy has been an advocate for student-athletes and his efforts in coaching them was evident," Swanson said. "We thank him for his years of service, fielding a competitive squad and wish him well in his future endeavors."
In helping the cross country program reach new heights, Johnson led the women's squad to the NCAA D-II National Championships in 2010. It marked just the second appearance for CPP at that stage and the Broncos finished 19th nationally. The success continued in 2011, when Tiffany Dinh finished 36th individually to earn All-American recognition.
The Cal Poly Pomona men's and women's track and field teams have been equally impressive in the past five years under Johnson's tutelage. A total of 22 student-athletes advanced to the Track & Field National Championships with Johnson at the helm. Most recently in the 2011 campaign, four Broncos competed at the national event in Turlock with Jacob Deavers and Lance Walkington collecting All-American accolades.
Before arriving at Cal Poly Pomona, Johnson served seven years as the assistant track and field coach at Cal State Stanislaus. An Akron, Ohio, native, Johnson is a 1994 graduate of Utah State University, where he competed on the Aggies' track and field team. He was the 1993 Big West Conference 400-meter champion and ran on the victorious 400 and 1600-relay teams and finished second in the 200.
Johnson earned a provisional qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. He also competed at Cuesta College, a two-year community college in San Luis Obispo. He served as the team's captain and earned team MVP honors in 1991.
Reyes, the interim head coach, is in his ninth year of coaching with the Broncos. As a Cal Poly Pomona alum, Reyes earned seven total All-American honors as a student-athlete and guided the cross country team to a national title in 1983.
Written by: Precinct Reporter Group
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