Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Johnson Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension

Johnson Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension

BOSTON – Having guided Boston University to 14 conference titles in 12 years, director of track & field and cross country Robyne Johnson has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain at BU, director of athletics Drew Marrochello announced on Monday.

"It's been an absolute pleasure to watch Robyne guide the track & field programs to team and individual success year in and year out," said Marrochello. "We're lucky to have her here and our track & field and cross country programs have a bright future under her leadership."

Johnson just completed her 12th year at BU having built an impressive resume at both the collegiate and the international level. In 2017, three Terriers – Cameron Williams, David Oluwadara and Toria Levy - were named USTFCCCA All-Americans. Johnson coached BU to a combined 22 gold medals at the indoor and outdoor Patriot League meets in 2017.

Last summer, Johnson served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Under Johnson's guidance, the U.S. won gold and silver in the women's long jump at the same Games for the first time in Olympic history.

"I'm ecstatic to remain at Boston University," Johnson said. "I've been here for 12 years and it feels like home. I'm looking forward to the future here and continuing the success of our programs."

The Terriers have thrived under Johnson's guidance, claiming a total of nine conference championships in track & field and five conference titles in cross country. Johnson has coached 21 All-Americans while at BU, including Williams, a two-time honoree who became the first sprinter in Patriot League history to be named an indoor All-American in 2016.

BU has been particularly dominant in its four years in the Patriot League, winning back-to-back women's cross country titles in 2013 and 2014 and sweeping the women's indoor and outdoor track & field championships in 2014, in addition to the 2016 women's indoor crown. Johnson is a three-time Patriot League Coach of the Year and also received that honor from the America East Conference on seven different occasions.

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