Mike Johnson enters his 12th year as the head coach for the Western Oregon track and field and cross country programs, a season after coaching distance standout David Ribich to a 3:37.35 in the 1500m, establishing the NCAA D2 National Record.
While at WOU, Johnson has led numerous student-athletes to All-American honors, including javelin thrower Amanda Schumaker (four-time All-American from 2010-2013), distance runner Chris Olsen (2013), javelin thrower Seabre Church (2014), and Monica Barnhart (three-time All-American from 2002-2005). Distance runners Badane Sultessa, and David Ribich as well as javelin thrower Justin Larson are among the current WOU All-Americans that have been coached by Johnson.
Since joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Johnson has coached five US Track & Field Olympic Trial qualifiers and three World Cross Country Championship participants.
Johnson's teams at Washington won two Pac-10 cross country championships and his Portland squads captured seven-consecutive West Coast Conference cross country titles. He founded the Pilots women’s program as the women’s NAIA championship team he coached was inducted into the Portland Hall of Fame.