BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College Director of Athletics Brian Sansom is announcing the hiring of Jordan Johnson as the new head coach for both the men’s and women’s track & field and cross-country programs.

“Jordan emerged as a strong fit to lead the programs with both his experience coaching and as a Division III athlete,” says Sansom. “I am excited for the next chapter of the men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field programs at Bethany, and I am confident that Jordan will sustain the unparalleled academic and athletic legacy of the programs while providing his own leadership to guide the programs to even greater heights.”

Jordan Johnson

Johnson comes to Bethany from another Division III institution, Shenandoah University, where he was the assistant coach to the indoor and outdoor track and field teams and the cross-country programs. For three seasons with the track and field team, Johnson’s primary focuses were sprints, hurdles, jumps, and relays. He coached athletes who broke 13 school records, eight NCAA National Championship qualifiers, and an All-American in the 200 meter.

“I am excited to embark on this new chapter as head coach at Bethany College, and eager to elevate the programs to new heights,” says Johnson.

Johnson started his coaching career at Division II Lenoir Rhyne University during the 2022 seasons, coaching indoor and outdoor track. He had an immediate impact coaching the women to a conference championship. During the same season, he also coached the men’s 4×100 to an All-American finish, eight national qualifiers, and seven school records.

Johnson’s success in coaching stems from his illustrious athletic career. The sprinter was crowned as a Division III national champion in 2018 for the Benedictine University Eagles in the indoor 200 meter. Johnson then went on to reach the NCAA podium twice in the outdoor season, taking the runner up spot in both the 200 meter and the 100 meter. He won a NACC conference title in each of those events and added on another title in the 4×100 meter relay. Johnson is currently the fastest man in NACC history, as he owns both records for the short sprints.

Before expelling his eligibility, Johnson collected nine total championships in sprints and relays, three conference records (100 meter, 200 meter, 60 meter), and was named 2018 NCAA Midwest Regional Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Johnson is coming to Bethany ready to create a supportive and motivating environment for the team to thrive. The sprinting specialist will inherit a team that has just won a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship in the men’s 4×100 meter that was anchored by PAC Newcomer of the Year Caliyph McClinton ’28.Welcome to Online Text Editor (formerly – your online plain text editor. Enter or paste your text here. To download and save it, click on the button below.