Virginia Union University's Wilbert D. Johnson, the head men's and women's track & field and cross-country coach, has been selected as the CIAA/USTFCCCA Regional XC Representative, it was announced on Wednesday, February 10.
Johnson is in his seventh season as the Head Coach of the Virginia Union University men's and women's cross-country and track & field teams.
During the 2014 Cross-Country season, the men's team won the CIAA Cross-Country Championship, which was the first in the history of VUU. They won in dominating fashion as the men's team had five runners finish in the top eight. All of the VUU Cross-Country runners made the All-CIAA Team, and Coach Wilbert D. Johnson was named the CIAA Cross-Country Coach of the Year.
During the 2015 Indoor Season, junior C'Evon Jones won the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championship in the 60 meters with a blazing time of 7.35 seconds, which made her the first female National Champion in the history of VUU. The men's team finished third during the CIAA Indoor Championship.
During the 2015 outdoor campaign, C'Evon Jones won the CIAA 100 meters crown in 11.78 seconds and freshman Brionna Singleton won the women's high jump with a leap of 5'6".
The men's team finished as runners-up during the CIAA Outdoor Championship, with Jamaal Petty winning the high jump with a leap of 6'8," Matthew Ross won the long jump with a leap of 23' 6.75," and freshman sensation Luis Nieves won the men's 5,000 with a time of 16:21.12, which added all to the All-CIAA Team.
The men's 4 x 100 relay team advanced to the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championship, which was held in Allandale, Mich., on May 19-24, 2015. They made the second team All-American Team along with Atrneil Reid. Freshman sensation Chazton McKenzie broke the school record in the long jump with a leap of 24' 6.25." Sophomore Artneil Reid broke the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 49' 4.25."
Prior to joining the Panther program, Johnson was the Assistant Track & Field Coach at Florida A & M in Tallahassee, Fla.
During Johnson's tenure at FAMU, he coached and/or assisted the men's team to several MEAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. He also coached countless regional and national qualifiers.
Prior to his time at FAMU, Johnson was the Head Boys/Girls Cross-Country and Track & Field Coach for 10 years at his high school alma mater Blanch Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla. While at Blanch Ely, Johnson built a powerhouse program which included notable athletes who played in the National Football League.
Johnson also coached many high school state champions and All-Americans.
He is a 1991 graduate of Florida Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.