Milo Johnson Hired As UCLA Women's Gymnastics Assistant Coach

May 10, 2001

UCLA women's gymnastics head coach Valorie Kondos Field announced the hiring of former University of Rhode Island assistant coach Miles 'Milo' Johnson as a Bruin assistant coach.

Johnson coached at Rhode Island the past two seasons and this year helped the Rams qualify for the NCAA Regionals, where they placed fifth. In 2000, he helped lead Rhode Island to a second-place finish at the Atlantic-10 Championships. Johnson also coached at Northern Illinois from 1998-99 and worked with both the men's and women's programs at Radford during the 1995-96 season.

Johnson competed for Radford from 1992-95 and earned his B.S. in psychology in 1996. He also coached the boy's gymnastics team at Herndon HS in Virginia during the spring of 1991 and toured North America with the Bud Light Daredevils Traveling Acrobatic Slam Dunk Team from 1996 to 1997.

The Reston, VA native is a professional member of the United States Association of Gymnastics.

Johnson replaces 2000 National Assistant Coach of the Year Randy Lane, who has resigned his post to start an acupuncture practice. Lane was an assistant for the Bruins from 1992-94 and again from 1998-2001. During his second tenure at UCLA, he helped the team win back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2000 and 2001, and he also coached three of the last four NCAA uneven bars champions - Heidi Moneymaker in 1998, Mohini Bhardwaj in 2000 and Yvonne Tousek in 2001.

'I'm very pleased to have Milo join our staff,' said Kondos Field. 'I'm confident that for the 2001-2002 season he will be able to pick up where this year's team left off.'

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