July 11, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF track and field team is happy to announce the addition of Johnny Gray to its coaching staff. The current American record holder followed his former UCLA colleague and 1984 Olympic Games teammate, current UCF head coach Jeanette Bolden, across the country to take charge of the Knights' distance and cross country programs.
Gray's credentials speak for themselves.
He is the 1992 Olympic 800M bronze medalist; a 4-time Olympian; the 1987, 1999 Pan Am Games champion; a 7-time U.S. Outdoor 800M national champion; a 3-time Olympic Trials champion and the American 800M record holder indoors (1:45.00) and outdoors (1:42.60).
A native of Compton, Calif., Gray spent the past four years as the middle distance coach at UCLA. He transitioned to collegiate track and field after coaching at Harvard-Westlake High School where he guided the cross country team to the State meet for the first time in the program's history (placed 9th out of 26 teams).
"To leave a school such as UCLA, something had to be right about UCF to make that move," Gray said. "Jeanette has great character and work ethic, and that's evident by what she accomplished at UCLA. I believe and trust in her and want to help her continue the success this team has had. I'm just glad to be a part of it, and I'm looking forward to bringing my method of training to UCF."
Gray also coached one of America's elite half-milers, Khadevis Robinson, to five USATF Championship titles. Today, he helps coach Duane Solomon, a former USC Trojan, who recently won gold in the 800M at the USA Championships and emerged as Team USA's highest finisher in the 800M finals (fourth place) at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.
He received the U.S. Olympic Committee's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and was a USATF Hall of Fame inductee in 2008. Gray is also a hall of fame inductee for Santa Monica College, Mt. SAC and Madison Square Garden/Melrose Games.
He continued to compete in master's events and still holds the American indoor 800M records for the 35-39 age division (1:49.79) and 40-44 age division (1:48.81) as well as the outdoor 800M record for the 35-39 age division (1:43.36).
Gray and his wife Judy have three sons - Johnny Gray, III, Jared and Jaylon - and four grandchildren.