Edrick Floreal Named Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field

Sept. 23, 2005

Stanford, Ca - The position of Director of Track & Field at Stanford University has been endowed and will now be known as the Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field.

Pitch Johnson Jr, the son of Stanford's one-time head track & field coach (1941-43), is providing the financial backing for the endowment in memory of his father, Pitch Johnson Sr.

Pitch, who competed in track & field at Stanford University, has helped spearhead many projects in helping Stanford's nationally-ranked track & field program. That includes the multi-million dollar renovation of Cobb Track/Angell Field, one of the best track & field collegiate facilities in the United States.

Edrick Floreal, who has played a major role in the resurgence of the Stanford track & field program, was promoted to Director of Track & Field/Cross Country during the summer of 2005. Floreal's coaching position will now be called the Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field.

'Edrick has done a wonderful job in developing a highly successful track & field program at Stanford,' said Cardinal Athletic Director Dr. Ted Leland. 'Many of Stanford's student-athletes have become highly successful on the national and international stage under the guidance and coaching of Edrick.'

Floreal will begin his eighth season with the Cardinal, and has been the head women's track & field coach the past two years.

Since his arrival at Stanford, the Cardinal women have enjoyed tremendous success at the Conference and NCAA championship level. Floreal has developed the Stanford sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers into Pac-10 and NCAA Championship title contenders.

During the 2005 outdoor track and field season, Stanford's crew of sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers were simply sensational. Stanford captured its first Pac-10 title in women's track & field team (a school record 173 points), captured the NCAA West Regional crown, and finished fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship.

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