Yolanda Johnson
Yolanda  Johnson

Position:
Assistant Coach - Sprints/Hurdles/Sprint Relays


Johnson joined the Michigan State track & field program in the Fall of 2016 as the assistant coach in the sprints, hurdles, and sprint relays.

Before coming to Michigan State, Johnson spent the last six years as the head coach and founder of the FK Elite Track and Field Club. FK Elite is a non-profit youth track club ranging from 8-18 years old, focusing on team and character building, while at the same time managing and handling personal short falls.

Johnson has also been a certified ISSA Fitness Trainer and owner at One Solid Foundation, LCC for the past 14 years, beginning the business in 2002. She provided nutritional consultation, weight training, and a variety of strength and agility skill sets. Johnson also monitored individual's progress, and made programs adjustable to each person.

She served as an assistant track coach at the University of Colorado from 1992 to 1999, her alma mater, where she was a standout student-athlete. While a coach at Colorado she trained sprinters, hurdlers, relay teams, and mid-distance athletes. She coached an athlete to three consecutive Big Eight Outdoor Championship titles in the 100 hurdles, an All-American school record-holding 4x400 relay team, and three athletes who swept the top three places at the Big Eight Conference Championship in the 100 hurdles.

As a former Buff standout, Johnson was an All-American all four years in the 100 meter hurdles. She participated in the Olympic trials in 1992, and was a member of the Flo Jo International Track and Field team. She graduated from the University of Colorado in 1992 with her Baccalaureate of Arts in sociology.