The final episode of the Marshall Track and Field She Herd Insider recorded during the 2012 season. The 2013 version of the show will start soon.
Lacee' Carmon-Johnson is in her second season as a full-time assistant after spending 2011-12 as a volunteer coach with the Thundering Herd track and field team. She assists in sprints, hurldes and jumping events.
With the help of Carmon-Johnson, Marshall enjoyed its most successful season in program history in 2012-13. The Herd broke three indoor and 11 outdoor school records. Marshall more than doubled its previous best point total and six places better than it ever had before at the C-USA Outdoor Championships which was highlighted by the conference titles of Crystal Walker (triple jump) and Vanessa Jules (heptathlon, high jump). Both individuals went on to become first team all-Americans with Walker's fifth place finish in the long jump and Jules sixth place in the heptathlon. Also, a school-record eight individuals competed at the NCAA Prelims, seven of which were either sprints or jumps.
The success of 2012-13 came after a solid 2011-2012 season as 10 school records were broken, three athletes were named to the All-Conference USA Team, 16 athletes scored at the conference meet, 75 personal bests were achieved, and two qualified for nationals.
Prior to her arrival at Marshall, Carmon-Johnson was an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she primarily worked with the men's and women's horizontal jumpers, sprinters, and hurdlers. At SFA, Carmon-Johnson coached three Southland Conference Champions, the 2010 SLC Indoor Field Event Athlete of the Year, the 2010 SLC indoor high point scorer, and one school record holder. Carmon-Johnson also saw the men's team win its first ever SLC championship in 2011, and helped the women's team attain five conference championships, including the 2011 triple crown. She also worked as the team academic liaison and helped the women's team twice garner the USTFCCCA All-Academic Award. In the process she also earned her Masters of Education in Kinesiology.
Before SFA, Carmon-Johnson worked as an assistant coach at Smith College, where she had 11 athletes earn New England Division III and ECAC Championship qualifying marks in the sprints, hurdles, and jumping events.
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Carmon-Johnson completed her undergraduate degree at Rice University, where she was a four-year letter winner, a contributing member of 4 conference championship teams, an Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar, a Western Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete, and a three-time member of the Conference-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Carmon-Johnson earned her USA Track and Field Level One Coaching Certificate in 2008. She is currently in pursuit of her doctoral degree, and served as Assistant Professor in the Marshall University School of Kinesiology during the 2011-2012 school year.
She currently resides in Huntington with her husband, Willie, who serves as an Assistant Coach for the Thundering Herd track and field and cross country teams.
Marshall University (2011-2012)
16 - C-USA Scorers 8 - School Records 3 - All Conference Accolades 1 - Conference USA Runner-up 2 - National Qualifier
Stephen F. Austin State University (2009-2011)
28 - Southland Conference Scorers 1 - School Records 10 - All Conference Accolades
3 - Southland Conference Champions 4 - Southland Conference Runner-ups 5 - National Qualifier
1 - Southland Field event athlete of the year 1 - Conference USA Runner-up 2 - USA Junior National Qualifiers