Feb. 6, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s Allan Johnson has been named as the 2002 National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. The award is presented annually by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society and is voted on by the NFL’s strength and conditioning coaches.

Johnson will receive the award at the coaches’ banquet at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis on Feb. 21. At that banquet, which is held in conjunction with the NFL Combine, the Coaches Society also will recognize its national award winners on the professional and high school levels.

Johnson is in his second year at Ohio State. A native of Parkersburg, W. Va. and a 1979 graduate of Glenville State College, he came to Ohio State from West Virginia University, where he spent a total of 13 years as the Mountaineers’ strength and conditioning coach. While at WVU, Johnson was a three-time pick as the Big East Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

“All of us here at Ohio State are pleased, but certainly not surprised, to see Al Johnson win this award,” said Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel. “He is very, very good at what he does and has the respect and admiration of our players and coaches alike. I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving.”