Chris Johnson Image
Head Coach - 2nd Season
Alma Mater: Dickinson College
Phone: 701-845-7157

Chris Johnson is in his second year as head coach of the VCSU cross country and track & field teams.

Johnson's first season was highlighted by the first national championship in VCSU women's history. Under Johnson's instruction, freshman Seri Geisler won the 2016 NAIA javelin title with a school-record throw of 51.37 meters. It was the first national title in women's history at VCSU. The Vikings set six new school records during Johnson's first season.

On the trails, the Vikings had three runners earn All Conference and qualify for the NAIA Cross Country Championships. On the track, VCSU won four individual conference titles and had a combined 20 All Conference performances in the indoor and outdoor seasons. VCSU had two qualifiers for the NAIA Track & Field Championships.

A native of Yardley, Pa., Johnson had worked the past two years as an assistant coach at Dickinson College (Pa.) and Buena Vista (Iowa). Prior to that he worked two years as a graduate assistant at University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

During his two years coaching as the head assistant at Dickinson and Buena Vista, Johnson’s student-athletes were awarded 26 all-conference honors, six individual conference champion awards, eight track & field athlete of the week honors, the 2014 Centennial Conference Outdoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year Award, and an NCAA Division III All-American merit in the javelin throw.  Johnson’s student-athletes also broke nine school records for indoor and outdoor track & field at Dickinson and Buena Vista during those two years.

Johnson completed his undergraduate degree at Dickinson College, Pa., receiving a Bachelor's degree in history and a minor in Spanish. He participated in both track & field and baseball as an undergrad. A three-time Centennial Conference champion at Dickinson, Johnson was also captain of the track & field team his senior year.

Johnson went on to earn his Master's degree in Education from the University of Mary in 2013. While at University of Mary, he worked two years as the graduate assistant for the track and field program. Johnson was a part of a coaching staff that helped lead the University of Mary women to back-to-back NSIC Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  While there, his athletes garnered five NSIC All-Conference honors, an NSIC individual champion award, the 2012 NSIC Indoor Track & Field Newcomer of the Year Award, three provisional NCAA Division II provisional qualifications, three USTFCCCA All-Region honors, and two USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

Johnson continues to train and compete in javelin during his free time, and has a personal best throw of 214 feet, 2 inches (65.28 meters).

2016-17 Men's Track & Field Roster
Roster for 2016-17 Men's Track & Field Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious SchoolEventsIndoorOutdoor
Jake AndersonFR  Little Falls, Minn.
Alex AskeroothSR  Cayuga, N.D.
Spencer AuneSO  East Grand Forks, Minn.
Royce BrawleyFR  Garrison, N.D.
Ellwood EllensonFR  Rice Lake, Wis.
Casey EngelhardSO  Valley City, N.D.
Niklas ErnstSR  Kronshagen, Germany
Dennis GonzalezFR  Riverside, Calif.Riverside City College
Lenzel KoskelaJR  Plymouth, Minn.
Joshua LawyerFR  Bismarck, N.D.
Daniel MachadoSO  Baldwin Park, Calif.
Josh ManzkeFR  Benson, Minn.
Martin MenaFR  Mundelein, Ill.College of Lake County
Brady MordenFR  Cavalier, N.D.
Taylor OrrFR  Jamestown, N.D.
Fabian PelayoFR  Fairbanks, Alaska
Orin RambowSO  The Pas, Manitoba
Garret RoemmichFR  Linton, N.D.
Jaylon SibleyFR  Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oscar SunigaSO  Hemet, Calif.Golden West College
Isaiah TivisFR  Colorado Springs, Colo.
Smith TuyaFR  Fargo, N.D.
Dahlton WasankariFR  Wasilla, Alaska
Vincent WhirlFR  Fargo, N.D.
Anthony Whirlwind SoldierFR  Lisbon, N.D.
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