March 19, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – Director of Track & Field Lawrence Johnson has been named ACC Women’s Indoor Coach-of-the-Year, the league office announced Friday. In addition, Clemson rookie Brianna Rollins was named ACC Freshman-of-the-Year for women’s indoor track & field. Both were determined by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.
Johnson led the Clemson women to their first ACC indoor championship since 1992. He also led the Tigers to a seventh-place finish as a team at the NCAA Championships, just the third top-10 finish in program history. He coached a program-best 10 All-Americans this indoor season alone, including multiple honorees Rollins and April Sinkler. His student-athletes established nine women’s indoor event school records in 2010 alone. Johnson is the first ACC Coach-of-the-Year for women’s indoor track & field at Clemson since Wayne Coffman earned the accolade in 1996.
“We accept these awards as team awards,” Johnson said. “Had it not been for a total team effort, we would not be receiving these accolades. Anytime you can be recognized by your peers in a great league, it’s very humbling. We hope to continue to build on our indoor successes as we move outdoors.”
Rollins, the first female Freshman-of-the-Year in the ACC for Clemson since Liane Weber in 2007, earned All-America status in both the 60 hurdles and with the 4x400m relay. She led the relay team to a fifth-place finish with a Clemson record time of 3:33.93. Rollins also ran second leg for the ACC Champion relay team, and brought home an individual conference title in the 200 meter dash as well. She established the Clemson record for the women’s 60 hurdles (8.17) and posted school freshman records in the 200, 400 and 60 hurdles.
“Brianna had an extraordinary indoor freshman campaign,” Johnson said. “This award is a testament to her work ethic displayed day in and day out at practice. She came in eager to learn, eager to mix it up with some of the veterans in the ACC. She does so much for our program, in terms of her versatility and athleticism. We’re glad she was able to do high-level things on the ACC and national stage.”
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