Head Coach Dale Cowper
July 15, 2014
Louisville, Ky. - University of Louisville's Dale Cowper announced the hiring of Justin Johnson as an assistant to the Cardinals' staff. Johnson comes to Louisville after spending the last three seasons at California State University Northridge. Johnson will coach primarily the Cardinal sprinters and hurdlers.
"I'm excited to announce the addition of Justin Johnson to our coaching staff," said Cowper. "He is an outstanding young coach with a proven record of recruiting and developing athletes in the sprints and hurdles. I've known Justin for over a decade and strongly believe he will do what it takes to help our student-athletes move the program forward as we transition into the ACC."
In his three seasons with his alma mater, Johnson produced 18 Western Regional qualifiers, two USA Junior National qualifiers and one World Championship qualifier. He also coached Hafsatu Kamara, the national record holder in the 100 meters and the 200 meters in Sierra Leone. This past season he coached a National qualifier 4x100 meter relay team, which went on to finish 10th at the NCAA Championships.
"I'm excited to be at the University of Louisville, and look forward to working with the talented coaching staff and athletes here," said Johnson. "I greatly value the strengths that U of L shows in both athletics and academics, and hope to contribute to this program by producing not only championship athletes, but leaders both in the classroom and the community."
Prior to returning to California State University Northridge, Johnson spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Tulane University. While at Tulane, Johnson coached Estafany Cruz the Guatemala record holder in the triple jump. In just two seasons, 17 of his student-athletes were named to the Conference USA Commissioner Honor Roll.
Johnson was the 2009 runner-up in the heptathlon at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships in the spring of 2009. A three-time National Championship participant in the decathlon for the Matadors at Cal State Northridge, Johnson holds the school record for the heptathlon and is a former record holder in the decathlon. Three times he finished as the Big West Conference's runner up in the decathlon, and was the 2007 Western Athletic Conference heptathlon champion.