Four-Time Olympian Is New UCF Track Assistant Coach

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – The UCF track and field team is happy to announce the addition of Johnny Gray to its coaching staff. The current American record holder followed his former UCLA colleague and 1984 Olympic Games teammate, current UCF head coach Jeanette Bolden, across the country to take charge of the Knights’ distance and cross country programs.

Gray’s credentials speak for themselves.

He is the 1992 Olympic 800M bronze medalist; a 4-time Olympian; the 1987, 1999 Pan Am Games champion; a 7-time U.S. Outdoor 800M national champion; a 3-time Olympic Trials champion and the American 800M record holder indoors (1:45.00) and outdoors (1:42.60).

A native of Compton, Calif., Gray spent the past four years as the middle distance coach at UCLA. He transitioned to collegiate track and field after coaching at Harvard-Westlake High School where he guided the cross country team to the State meet for the first time in the program’s history (placed 9th out of 26 teams).

“To leave a school such as UCLA, something had to be right about UCF to make that move,” Gray said. “Jeanette has great character and work ethic, and that’s evident by what she accomplished at UCLA. I believe and trust in her and want to help her continue the success this team has had. I’m just glad to be a part of it, and I’m looking forward to bringing my method of training to UCF.”

Source: Jenna Marina, UCF Athletics
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