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Lawrence Johnson Named ACC Women’s Coach-of-the-Year

Lawrence Johnson Named ACC Women’s Coach-of-the-Year

Feb. 28, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC – Clemson Director of Track & Field Lawrence Johnson has been named ACC Women’s Indoor Coach-of-the-Year. It marks the third straight indoor coach-of-the-year honor and fifth straight overall earned by Johnson. He is in his fourth season as head coach of the combined men’s and women’s program, and already Johnson ranks second among ACC track & field coaches with three women’s team championships under his watch.

Johnson guided the Tigers to their third straight ACC indoor women’s team championship last weekend. Clemson won by a healthy 79-point margin over its next closest competitor in Florida State. The 79-point margin of victory was the largest in ACC women’s indoor track & field since the 1996 meet. In addition, Clemson became the first ACC women’s program to earn three straight indoor league titles since North Carolina from 1999 to 2001.

Clemson won seven of the 17 events in Boston, including the 4×400-meter relay for the third consecutive ACC Indoor Championships. Dezerea Bryant, a freshman, was named the ACC’s Most Valuable Track Performer after winning conference titles in both short sprints, the 60 dash and 200 dash. Marlena Wesh won her third straight crown in the 400 dash, while Brianna Rollins earned her first career conference title in the 60-meter hurdles. Wesh led the 4×4 to a victory alongside Nia Fluker, Keni Harrison and Stormy Kendrick.

In the field, Jasmine Brunson won the ACC triple jump title and Brittney Waller earned a repeat win in the weight throw. In addition, Johnson’s program accounted for six silver or bronze medal finishes. Stormy Kendrick and Jasmine Edgerson were All-ACC performers in two events apiece.