May 26, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island - Robert Johnson, a member of the Brown track & field staff for 14 years and the Director of men's and women's track & Field and cross country for the last five years, has stepped-down to pursue other opportunities in his native Texas.
Johnson began his Brown career as sprints coach and quickly developed a cadre of successful sprinters, hurdlers and relay squads. He was always committed to the ideal of providing a supportive environment for student-athletes to succeed in both school and athletics.
His women's team won the indoor and outdoor Heptagonal League track and field titles in 2001. In 2003, Johnson's men's cross country team won its first ever Ivy-Heptagonal championship.
Johnson's sprinters set school records, earned All-Ivy status, and ranked among the top sprinters and hurdlers in the Northeast. In 2001 it was his women's 4x400 relay squad that clinched another team title at Heps, after a tight team battle with Yale and Harvard. Recently, Lauren Linder '04 won the 100-meter title at Heps, helping the team to a second place finish. He has also been an important asset in helping the multi-event athletes succeed in the sprint and hurdle aspects of their events.
Johnson enjoyed success in collegiate track, earning NAIA All-American status nine times both indoors and outdoors in the high hurdles. After graduating from Wayland Baptist University in 1984 with a degree in physical education and chemistry, Johnson went on to receive his master's degree in education. During that time he also served as an assistant coach at Wayland, where he helped guide the men's team to four consecutive indoor NAIA National Championships and the women's team to two national titles.
Robert and his wife, Dee, have two children, Cory and Courtney.