Coach Lawrence "LoJo" Johnson's Coaching Accomplishments at the University of South Carolina
In his fourth season at South Carolina, Johnson trained a stellar group of incoming women freshman inlcuding Olsen and Rummans who would trade the freshman records back and forth culminating in a 4th and 6th place finish in the conference with the collegiate record holder.
Shuler saw his first trip ever to the Indoor Nationals and register his first All-American finish. Reitze would led the Gamecocks outdoors barely missing the school record on several occasions even with a short season due to injury.
In his third season at South Carolina in 2009, Johnson has coached his athletes to two SEC titles, three All-America honors, 15 NCAA qualifiers, an NCAA East Region silver medallist, an SEC Championship silver medallist and three SEC Championship bronze medallists.
Johnson's transformation of the pole vault program continued to yield results in 2010 with two SEC champions and two All-America honors. Elliott Haynie became the first double-crown winner in Gamecock history with the indoor and outdoor titles. Johnson's men's pole vaulters earned a record 21 points at the SEC Indoor Championships with a 1-3-3 finish. On the women's side, Vica Shobe set the new school record and earned All-America honors to give the Gamecocks four NCAA qualifiers and two All-Americans on the year.
In his second season at South Carolina in 2009, Johnson coached his men's and women's pole vaulters to seven NCAA Regional bids and a program-best three NCAA Outdoor Championship bids. His vaulters earned two medals at the SEC Championships, and freshman Marvin Reitze became the first Gamecock to earn All-America honors in seven seasons after claiming fourth at outdoor nationals.
During the year, Reitze earned indoor and outdoor SEC All-Freshman team honors and earned SEC bronze medallist honors, while junior Elliott Haynie was the SEC outdoor silver medallist. Both advanced to the NCAA Championships, Haynie finished the season ranked No. 5 in the nation with a school-record jump of 17-10 1/2 and Reitze was also the NCAA East Region silver medallist. On the women's side, Liza Todd earned an NCAA outdoor berth, the first Gamecock since 2006.
In his first season at South Carolina, Coach Johnson guided Liza Todd and Vica Shobe to personal bests indoors while guiding Sallie Gurganus to a seventh place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships. In just one season at South Carolina, Coach Johnson led the Gamecock women to two of the top three outdoor heights in program history. Gurganus's height of 13-1 1/2 was the second best clearance in South Carolina history and was five inches higher than her previous career best. Todd won the Penn Relays at 12-9, marking the third best clearance in program history. Coach Johnson also guided freshman Matt Shuler to a ninth place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships.