Vincent Johnson is in his third year with Kansas State as the horizontal jumps coach and brings extensive experience coaching elite high school and club track and field athletes in Texas.
In his time at K-State, Johnson has helped in both recruiting and on the track. Johnson's first year was highlighted by his part in helping the Wildcats land the No. 6 women's recruiting class in the nation as ranked by Track & Field News.
This past season saw two athletes coached by Johnson excel in equally impressive fashion. On the men's side, jumper Jharyl Bowry was the Big 12 Indoor Champion in the long jump, finishing 1-2 with fellow teammate Ifeanyi Otuonye. Bowry also earned USTFCCCA All-America First Team outdoor honors. For the women, sprinter Jasmine Gibbs broke the school record in the 60 meter dash in the Wildcat's first indoor event of the season, K-State All-Comers. Her mark of 7.41 seconds bested the previous high of 7.46 seconds set in 1997 by Karissa Stewart.
Before joining K-State for the 2011-12 season, Johnson spent four years at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Texas. He served as an assistant coach and jumps coordinator and helped lead the team to four straight Texas Class 4A State Championships. While coaching in Lancaster, Johnson also founded and organized a jump specific club called the Texas `FACES' Track Club.
Prior to his time in Lancaster, Johnson spent one year at North Panola High School in Mississippi as the head coach to lay the foundation for a new track and field program at the school. Johnson also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Nacogdoches High School in Texas where he worked specifically with the sprinters and jumpers.
Johnson's athletes have seen tremendous individual success in addition to the state titles his teams have won. In particular, 2011 was an especially notable year as Johnson's athletes' accolades included international gold medals, a USA Junior Champion and athlete of the year awards. On the international level, Johnson coached sprinter Jennifer Madu to a gold medal in the 100 meters at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships in France and now-Wildcat Devin Field to a gold medal in the long jump at the 2011 Pan American Junior Championships. In national competition, Field won the long jump title at the USA Junior Championships. Field and Madu were also named as both The Dallas Morning News Dallas-Fort Worth area and Texas Gatorade Track and Field Athletes of the Year.
Along with extensive high school coaching experience, Johnson has collegiate coaching experience working as a graduate assistant and then a full-time assistant coach for his alma mater Alcorn State. After earning his degree from Alcorn State in recreation studies, Johnson then served as a graduate assistant while earning his masters in health and physical education. During his time at Alcorn State as a coach, Johnson was charged with overseeing the jumpers and supervising the freshman athletes. He helped coach athletes to eight Southwestern Athletic Conference titles.
As an athlete for Alcorn State, Johnson had much success as well. He won three SWAC titles, two in the triple jump and one in the long jump and was named SWAC Most Outstanding Performer. He also was a three-time qualifier for NCAA Regionals in the long jump.
Johnson has a Level II certification from USATFâ€^in jumps and a Sprints, Hurdles and Relays Specialist through the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Academy. He and his wife Tonoher have two children, a daughter, Gili Mi'Joi, and a son, Nisbyc Nehemiah.