Addison Johnson begins his third year with the East Carolina track and field program coaching the pole vault for the Pirates.
During his first season with the Pirates, Johnson guided Aaron Zakula to a personal-best mark of 4.88m which also set a new school record in the vault. The following year, Zakula and Stephen Hodapp surpassed that mark jumping 5.02m and 5.12m, respectively, to conclude the season. Hodapp's mark qualified him for the NCAA East Preliminary Round and he finished the year as an Academic All-American. Under Johnson's tutelage, Hodapp, Zakula, and Henry Johnson own the top three spots on the East Carolina all-time list.
Johnson has been an instrumental part of the women's track and field team as well as he guided Kathryn Warner to the number two spot on the all-time indoor list with a mark of 3.76m. Warner is also second on the outdoor list as she has posted a 3.80m mark in the pole vault. In addition, Johnson has helped Warner to a pair of top three finishes at the Conference USA Championships, finishing third indoor last season, and tying with teammate Abby Way for second place in the outdoor pole vault. With Johnson overseeing the pole vault, the Lady Pirates had a trio of pole vaulters finish in the top five at the 2012 Outdoor Championships.
A Sanford, N.C., native, Johnson is a graduate of Southern Lee High School where he ran cross country, was a member of the swim team and was a pole vaulter on both the indoor and outdoor track squads. Johnson went on to pole vault for East Carolina University and will graduate from ECU with a degree in exercise physiology.