Brady Johnson oversees the cross country and distance runners. He is in his first season at CCC.
From Plainville, Kan., Johnson was a 2A state champion in cross country and track before graduating from Plainville High School.
He attended Wichita State University as a freshman and earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors. In cross country, he holds the school record in the 5000m and 8000m. He was a 2015 and 2016 outdoor track West Regional qualifier in the 5000m and 10,000m and is No. 2 in WSU history in the 10,000m.
Johnson transferred to the University of Portland and was the top finisher on a team that placed 13th at the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships. He was an outdoor track West Regional qualifier in the 5000m and 10,000m and today owns the school's fifth-best time in the 3000m.
He stayed at UP to begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 2017. The men’s team won the NCAA West Cross Country Regional on the way to claiming second place at the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships. The men's squad had three All-Americans, and the women’s team had one. While coaching the Pilot runners that year, Johnson also worked as a Nike Running Specialist.
Before arriving in Colby, he served as assistant cross country and track coach at Fort Hays State University for the 2018-19 seasons. During that time, he had an active role in:
- Mentoring Brett Meyer, who became a national champion in the 1500m at the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships.
- Helping the men’s distance medley relay team win the MIAA championship and break a 50-year-old school record.
- Helping to develop Layton Werth, who finished his career with an All-MIAA finish in the outdoor 5000m.
- Helping guide Mirena Goncalves to MIAA runner-up finishes in the indoor 3000m and 5000m as she broke the school record in the indoor 3000m.
Coach Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in sports management from Wichita State and a master's degree in management communication from the University of Portland.