Brian Johnson begins his fourth year as assistant coach for the College of Charleston cross country program. He brings more than 10 years of experience in collegiate coaching at schools around Charleston and the Southern Conference.
In the 2011 season five members of the men's cross country team set top 10-marks in school history.
In the 2010 season Johnson coached Christian Bailey won set the CofC school record for the 8K race.
Johnson works with the men's team and helped train former Cougar Trevor Sprague, who broke the school record in the 8K three times in 2009. He also works with the runners in longer distances and had two runners record top-10 times in school history at the NCAA Regional in the 10K.
Prior to joining the Cougars, Johnson served a two-year stint as the head men's and women's cross country coach at Charleston Southern. The Bucs hosted the Big South Cross Country Championships in 2006 and he aided the women's team in having the most-improved GPA of the department two years in a row.
Johnson's longest tenure was as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at The Citadel, from 2000-2006. Under his guidance, the Bulldogs saw their highest team finishes in 20 years and had 15 runners set school records. Seven athletes received all-conference accolades throughout his time at The Citadel.
The Toledo, Ohio native began his coaching career at Furman where he acted as a graduate assistant with the cross country and track & field teams. During that time, his runners earned 18 All-Southern Conference honors and broke 12 school records. Johnson earned a M.A. in Health and Physical Science in 2000.
Johnson was a three-year captain of the Charleston Southern cross country team and was named to the Big South All-Academic Team three times. He was also selected to the All-Big South Team in 1998 for the steeplechase. Johnson graduated cum laude with B.S. in Physical Education.
Johnson continues to be an active runner in local and regional events. He won the Kiwah Island Marathon in 1999. He is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Clark Academy and currently resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Emily, and three-year-old son, Peyton.