|Title:||Head Coach, Women's Track|
Johnson, who just finished up her first indoor and outdoor season’s, comes to Lesley after a three year stint at the University of Texas at El Paso where she served as an assistant coach working primarily with sprinters and hurdlers. Under her guidance, the Miners saw the women’s 4x100 relay team capture the Conference USA Championship while reaching the NCAA semifinals. Johnson led six individual student-athletes to C-USA Championships and guided one runner to the 400-meter finals at the NCAA Championships.
Prior to her time at UTEP, Johnson served as a sprints and hurdles coach at St. Mary’s Academy (Portland, Ore.) from three years. While at St. Mary’s, Johnson coached 17 All-State runners and 50 All-District selections while guiding the 2008 4x100m girls relay team to a state championship.
Johnson, who started her collegiate running career at McKendree College before transferring to Abilene Christian University, was a 12-time All-American, two-time National Champion (4x400m), and three-time National Runner-up (60m, 200m, 400m). She was also a member of the Jamaica Junior National 4x100m relay team, which won a gold medal at the CARIFTA Games and the CAC Junior Championships.
Patrick O'Neill is entering his first season as head coach for both the men's and women's cross country teams.
O’Neill was the assistant cross country and track & field coach for American International College (AIC) for two seasons prior to joining the Lynx.
During his tenure at AIC, O’Neill coached 21 NCAA
All-Americans, led 25 runners to individual NCAA DII National
Qualifiers, six runners to top-3 finishes at the NCAA DII National
Championships, while coaching five relay teams to NCAA DII national
qualifying times. During the 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons,
O’Neill coached the NCAA DII Women's Cross Country East
Region Individual Champion and the New England Cross Country
Championships Individual Champion. Also in 2012, he helped the AIC
men’s cross country team to their first-ever NCAA Division II
Regional Final Championship, while also qualifying for the NCAA
Division II National Cross Country Championship where they placed
12th out of 32 teams.
O'Neill also holds a USTFCCCA Endurance Specialist Certification and is USA Track % Field Level 1 Certified.
Prior to his stint AIC, O’Neill worked at the MacDuffie School in Springfield, Mass. where he built a full varsity and junior varsity squad for both men’s and women’s from the ground up. Each runner he coached at that level set personal bests by over one full minute while coaching several other athletes to All-Conference and All-New England honors.
O’Neill received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Seton Hall University. An esteemed runner for the Pirates, he lettered in all four years in both cross country and track and field, as well as earning Big East Academic All-Star honors in 2006, 2007, and 2008. O'Neill also earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration from American International College.