Gary Johnson, Head Coach
Office Phone: 731-661-5246
Gary Johnson begins his eighth season as the head coach for the Union women’s
cross country team and sixth season for the men's cross country team. In 2005,
Johnson earned the conference sweep as he led the Lady Bulldogs to their third
straight TranSouth Title, while also leading the men to their second straight
TranSouth Title after three straight runner-up finishes. Johnson's teams also
boasted the TranSouth male and female Runners of the Year (John Fox and Candace
Cross), and the TranSouth Women's Freshmen Runner of the Year (Charley Moss).
Johnson has been named TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year in women’s
cross country five times (1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005), men’s cross country
four times (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005), and men’s tennis four seasons (1999-2002).
Johnson has coached 11 national qualifiers Michelle Hardee (Gilmore) (2001),
Janelle Royer (Campbell) (2002, 2003, 2004), Jill Konkol (2003), Candace Cross
(2005) Chris Winter (2003, 2004), Cameron Groll (2003), Phillip Thompson (2004,
2005,), and John Fox (2005).
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
parents of their son, Miles Johnson, who 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.