Johnny Gray enters his second season as a member of the Bruin coaching staff where he and fellow assistant Forest Braden will work in concert to coach the Bruin harriers.
During his first year with the Bruins, UCLA sent two runners to the NCAA Championships (Shannon Murakami and Marco Anzures). The Bruin men finished fifth at Pac-10s and seventh at the regional, while the women were seventh at Pac-10s and 11th at the regional.
Gray comes to UCLA after having coached at Harvard-Westlake High School for the last few years where he coached the cross country team to the State meet for the first time in the program's history (placed 9th out of 26 teams). One of his athletes, Chris Cheng, was a state finalist in the 800m, dropping his personal-best in the 800m from 2:18.0 the previous year to 1:52.96 under Gray's coaching.
Gray also coached one of America's elite half-milers, Khadevis Robinson, to five USATF Championship titles.
No stranger to success as an athlete, Gray is a four-time Olympian having competed in the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. At the Barcelona Games, he earned a bronze medal in the 800m and won gold at the 1987 and 1999 PanAm Games. He received the U.S. Olympic Committee's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and was a USATF Hall of Fame inductee in 2008. Gray is also a hall of fame inductee for Santa Monica College, Mt. SAC and Madison Square Garden/Melrose Games.
He also still holds the American Record in the out 800m (1:42.60) and indoor 800m (1:45.00), and set world records in the outdoor 600m (1:12.81) and indoor 1000yd (2:04.39).
Gray resides in Thousand Oaks with his wife Judy. They have three sons - Johnny Gray, III (27, a graduate of UOP and professional basketball player in Europe), Jared (26, a political science major at Cal State Northridge) and Jaylon, 12.
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