Olympic gold medalist joins UK track staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2014-15 Kentucky track and field coaching staff will feature two Olympic Medalists and three former Olympians as Allen Johnson was announced as the program’s newest assistant coach on Thursday.

Johnson won the Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in the 110-meter hurdles.

Johnson will work alongside head coach Edrick Floréal with UK’s sprinters, hurdlers, horizontal jumpers and relays.

“I am honored and excited about joining the Wildcat family, and look forward to helping Coach Floréal continue building on past success,” Johnson said. “I’m excited about the work we are going to put in as we seek to bring Kentucky student-athletes to prominence honorably both academically and athletically.

Floréal has added two assistant coaches this summer, and both are Olympic Medalists. 2004 Pole Vault Silver Medalist Toby Stevenson, who will work with the vertical jumpers and multi-event athletes, joined the staff in July.

“We are thrilled to have Allen Johnson join the Wildcat family as an assistant coach for our men’s and women’s programs,” Floréal said. “He has experienced track at the highest level and spent the last several seasons developing and mentoring student-athletes. Our kids will benefit greatly from his world-class experience and coaching.”

Floréal himself is a two-time Olympian in the triple jump for Canada. He also coached the United States jumpers and decathletes to a total of six medals (two gold) at the 2012 Olympics in London.

“Coming off a multitude of school-record finishes at the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Track and Field Championships, we’re excited that the additions of Coach Johnson and Coach Stevenson will mesh with our already heavily-decorated coaching staff and push for bigger and better things,” UK Senior Associate Athletics Director and track and field/cross country administrator Jason Schlafer said. “The staff Coach Floréal has assembled reinforces UK’s commitment to track and field and the promise of an elite, championship-level track and field program.”

A specialist in sprints and hurdles, Johnson comes to Kentucky from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Falcons

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