ROCHESTER, Mich. – Tanisha Johnson has been named Head Track and Field Coach announced Director of Track and Field Paul Rice on Friday. Johnson will oversee the day-to-day operations for both men’s and women’s programs.
"Student-athlete experience is a very high priority here at Oakland. The track and field and cross country teams have 80-90 student-athletes and as our program grows, so has the need to address that student-athlete experience in our program,” said Rice. “We feel bringing on a head track and field coach and restructuring our staff allows us to offer an environment where each student-athlete can have more direct contact with either myself or our new head coach. We have an incredible staff and that has shown from the success we have had over the past several years and Tanisha's skill set compliments our current staff perfectly.”
“As an area native, I couldn’t be more proud and excited to be joining the Golden Grizzlies family,” said Johnson. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to join Director Rice and the coaching staff in a continued effort to build upon the program’s successful tradition while providing the student-athletes with a first-class experience.”
During her tenure with the Mastodons, Johnson helped coach 20 of a possible 23 school record performances while aiding two student-athletes to individual All-Summit League honors, Kaylin Taylor (400m Hurdles) and Olivia Coleman (400m). The program also saw its highest indoor conference finish in school history in addition to its highest number of athletes qualify for the conference finals under her direction.
“Her Division I experience, both as a coach and a former student-athlete really adds to the overall strength of our coaching staff. I look forward to seeing her lead the track and field athletes and coaches on a day-to-day basis,” added Rice. “It will be a pleasure to work with and to support her through this process. We have a very bright future and this new structure, along with the support we receive from our administration, will allow us to continue to grow our success within the Horizon League, regionally and even nationally."
Johnson began her collegiate track career at Grand Valley State University where she lettered for two years receiving All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honors. She then transferred to CMU competing in the heptathlon and jump events earning All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) honors in the high jump and was a multiple time conference scorer.
Johnson earned a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology with a Sport Science emphasis from Indiana University Bloomington in 2013 and Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management from CMU in 2011.
A 2006 graduate of Macomb Dakota High School, Johnson was a five-time All-State selection, MITS Champion in the triple jump and MHSAA State Runner-up in the long jump.
Johnson and her wife Darcie have a son Jaden and reside in Macomb, Mich.