Hello Coaches and Throwers,
I’m Coach Erik Johnson, and I thought I’d take a moment to tell you a little about myself.
I started competing in Track and Field at 10yrs old. It was field day Aire Libre Middle School in Phoenix, AZ and I had to run in a race. As I ran, a bigger and faster kid, pushed me down and I fell. Determined to kick this kid’s a$$, I got up and ran as fast as my legs could carry me and won the race! (I believe there were a few choice words spoken on the winner’s block between him and me)
A woman, by the name of Illene Molinski, saw my grit on the track and approached my father and me. She suggested I join a track and field club her husband ran called- Paradise Valley Athletic Track Club- Go PVAC!
There I dabbled in several events- I was the anchor runner in the 4×1 relay, high jump, and threw the shot. I even won Youth All American in high jump and a bronze medal at the Jr Olympics…
…. but throwing was where I felt at home and once I discovered the discus, it was love at first throw!