June 16, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State men’s track and field coach Bob Braman and redshirt junior Garrett Johnson capped off a fairytale season on Friday (June 16), as the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) awarded the two Seminoles with the nation’s top individual athletic honors.
After leading his team to its first-ever national championship, Braman was named the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Men’s Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, indoor and outdoor shot put national champion and four-time All-American Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy) was tabbed the Division I Outdoor Men’s Field Co-Athlete of the Year. He shared the honor with USC high jumper Jesse Williams.
The Division I national coach and athlete awards were determined in a USTFCCCA vote following last weekend’s NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Ca.
Braman’s Seminoles were ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA men’s poll from start to finish of the outdoor season. Florida State won the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s title by more than 40 points and then finished first in the East Regional meet. For his efforts, Braman, in his third season as head coach at FSU, was named the NCAA East Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
At the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Florida State won the men’s race going away, scoring 67 points to LSU’s second-place total of 51 points. The Seminoles won three individual events (Walter Dix in the 200, Rafeeq Curry in the triple jump and Johnson in the shot put) on the final day of competition and wound up scoring points in nine different events.
It was the first-ever NCAA championship for Florida State in men’s track. (The Seminoles won the NCAA women’s title in 1984.)
Florida State’s Johnson climaxed an outstanding season with a sweep of the indoor and outdoor shot put titles. He hit 66’7″ (20.29m) at the outdoor championship and earlier in the season, he set a Penn Relays record by throwing 68-4½. He won Atlantic Coast Conference and East Region titles in the shot and also placed fifth in the NCAA discus. Johnson earned NCAA East Region Field Athlete of the Year with a pair of all-region performances in the shot put and the discus.
A junior athletically, Johnson will skip his final season of collegiate track to accept a Rhodes Scholarship.
Division I national outdoor award winners: