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Gary Johnson, Head Coach
Office Phone: 731-661-5246

Year-by-Year Results/Honor Roll

Gary Johnson begins his seventh season as the head coach for the Union women’s cross country team and fifth season for the men's cross country team. In 2004, Johnson earned the conference sweep as he led the Lady Bulldogs to their second straight TranSouth Title, while also leading the men to their first TranSouth Title after three straight runner-up finishes. Johnson's teams also boasted the TranSouth male and female Runners of the Year (Phillip Thompson and Janelle Royer), and the TranSouth Freshmen Runners of the Year (Thompson and Candace Cross).

Johnson has been named TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year in women’s cross country four times (1999, 2001, 2003, 2004), men’s cross country three times (2001, 2003, 2004), and men’s tennis four seasons (1999-2002). Johnson has coached 8 national qualifiers Michelle Hardee (Gilmore) (2001), Janelle Royer (Campbell) (2002, 2003, 2004), Jill Konkol (2003), Chris Winter (2003, 2004), Cameron Groll (2003), and Phillip Thompson (2004).

Originally from Tulsa, Okla., Johnson graduated from Union University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. He completed his Master of Science degree at the University of Memphis in December of 1993 and his Doctor of Arts in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State in May of 2004.

Johnson is married to the former Holly Tignor of Jackson. The two are proud new parents as their first child, Miles Johnson, was born on June 24, 2005. Johnson and his wife are active fitness runners and are members of Englewood Baptist Church. Holly completed her first marathon at the St. Jude marathon in Memphis, 2003, and was part of the St. Jude fundraising team. The Johnson's hope to continue their efforts in the future to benefit St. Jude.


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