May 18, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The Marshall University track and field team promoted volunteer coach Lacee Carmon-Johnson to assistant coach this past week, paving the way for the Beaumont, Texas, native to join her husband - assistant coach Willie Johnson - and head coach Jeff Small on the Thundering Herd's full-time coaching staff.
Carmon-Johnson served as a volunteer coach this past season, working specifically with the Herd's horizontal jumpers and hurdlers. Her hard work and instructional efforts helped guide Vanessa Jules to record-breaking performances in the 60m hurdles, pentathlon, 100m hurdles, and heptathlon events, while also leading the Marshall athlete to a second-place finish in the indoor pentathlon and a third-place finish in the outdoor heptathlon of the Conference USA Championships. Jasia Richardson and Crystal Walker were also beneficiaries of her expertise, respectively finishing third in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump at the C-USA Indoor Championships.
Carmon-Johnson joined Marshall at the beginning of the 2011-12 season after spending 2010-11 as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin State University. While in Austin, she coached three Southland Conference Champions and the 2010 Southland Conference Athlete of the Year.
Carmon-Johnson completed her undergraduate degree at Rice University, where she was a four-year letter winner, a member of four 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.
"We are real fortunate to add a quality coach like Lacee to our staff here at Marshall," said head coach Jeff Small
. "I watched her compete on championship teams at Rice and coach championship teams at Stephen F. Austin. She is an expert in her events, extremely motivated, an excellent recruiter, and will be a great role model for the young ladies on our team."