Steve Johnson - Distance, Jumps, Javelin
Johnson is in his 7th
year at SD Mines and 2nd year as the Head Cross Country Coach. In
his first year with the cross country programs both the men’s and women’s teams
achieved their highest team finishes ever at the NCAA DII Regional
Championships. The program saw its first USTFCCCA All-Academic individual in
addition to earning All-Academic team honors for both the men’s and women’s
teams for the 3rd straight year.
On the track Coach Johnson primarily
works with the 400m, middle distance runners, jumpers and javelin throwers. Since
coming to Mines, Johnson has coached athletes to 55 school records. In 2015 he
coached athletes to 4 first-team All RMAC honors and had athletes achieve
National Qualifying marks in the High Jump, Triple Jump and the Javelin Throw. Johnson
has also coached national qualifiers in the 4x800m relay and the long jump. In
2011 he coached Mines 2nd female All-American, high jumper Madisen
Johnson also started the SD Mines
Track and Field Clinic. Held every spring, this event is an opportunity for
groups of SD Mines track and field athletes to go out and work with local track
and field teams in a one afternoon clinic setting. The clinics are held free of
As the recruiting coordinator for SD
Mines, Johnson has played a key role in efforts to increase the women’s roster
size and improve the depth of both the men’s and women’s teams.
Prior to coming to Mines he was an
assistant coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. While at Mary he
worked with national qualifiers in the javelin and the multi-events. Johnson
also worked at the University of Puget Sound and coached 2 Northwest Conference
triple jump champions and coached Brian Kramer to a national qualifying mark in
the triple jump.
He's also had stints in Lakewood,
Wash., at Pierce College; in University Place, Wash., at Speed Tech; and in
Pullman, Wash., at the Comets Track Club.
Johnson lives in Rapid City with his
wife, Simonne, and two boys, Josh and Zach.