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Carl Johnson

Performance Coach – Athletics 


Loughborough University alumnus Carl Johnson studied Geography and Practical Physical Education at Loughborough College from 1956 until 1959 and represented the college at both Rugby and Basketball during his studies.


Carl has a wealth of experience in coaching, and has been successful in taking many young athletes through to international status during his impressive career.


Carl’s results at the English School Championships transferred through the age-group and he coached 9 athletes to major championships, 5 of which won gold medals.   His athletes have included Meg Ritchie (Discus British Record Holder) and Jonathan Edwards (Triple Jump World Record Holder).


Carl was a student here from 1956 to 1959. He served on the Executive Committee of the English Schools Athletic Association from 1965 to 1975. In 1969 he was appointed a AAA National Coach and National Coach for Throwing. He was UK Director of Coach and Teacher Education from 1980 until 1997. He gave 28 years unbroken service to Loughborough Summer School.


From 1970 onwards, he was a regular member of coaching staff on British teams for Commonwealth Games, European Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games. He was also on the coaching staff for the British Universities team at the World Student Games in 1981.


Carl has published many books and articles including ‘Beginning Athletics – What to Teach and Coach’ which is an excellent guide for teachers and coaches of young athletes. He has also made numerous presentations for organisations such as the European Athletics Coaches Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association of America, as well as holding consultancies with the UK National Ice Skating Association, Rugby Football Union, British Bob-Skeleton and British Swimming.


Carl coached 35 athletes to, or at, International level, and was accorded British ‘Coach of the Year’ in 1995.  He was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom.


Loughborough University is immensely proud to induct Carl Johnson to its Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame.