Lamont Johnson is in his second year as a volunteer coach at the University of New Mexico, helping former Long Beach City College teammate Leo Settle train the Lobo sprinters. A former Iowa State University standout, Johnson is also an active sprinter, specializing in the 60-meter dash indoors.
Johnson, 33, is a five-time U.S. Indoor Championships qualifier, advancing to the semifinals twice in the 60. He has also qualified for the U.S. Outdoor Championship twice as well as the Olympic trials.
Johnson owns lifetime indoor bests of 6.27 in the 55 meters, 6.62 in the 60 and 21.44 in the 200. Outdoors he has been timed at 10.23 in the 100 and 20.86 in the 200.
While at Iowa State, Johnson earned all-Big 12 honors with both relay team and helped the Cyclones 4x100 squad advance to the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
After completing his collegiate career, Johnson spent six years at his alma mater as a volunteer coach, working with the Cyclone sprinters and relay teams under former head coach Steve Lynn and former assistant Scott Roberts. Johnson helped train a powerful ISU sprint and hurdle group, including the men's indoor 4x400 relay team which broke one of Iowa State's most storied records and ranked sixth in the nation with a time of 3:07.39 in 2007.
In his first year at New Mexico, Johnson helped train regional qualifiers Ariel Burr (400m/200m) and the coached the first regional qualifying women's 4x100 team in UNM history. He also helped football player Jermaine McQueen finish fourth in the 100 (10.66) at the MWC Championships - the best by a Lobo since 2003 - with just three weeks of training.
Johnson earned his B.A. in Sociology, with a minor in Criminal Justice, from Iowa State in 2003. He also earned his associate's degree in Physical Education from Long Beach City College in 1997.