Bridget Johnson leaves Pacific for a position with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Bridget Johnson, who spent the last four years as Pacific’s first associate head coach for the track and field and cross country programs, has departed the school for a new opportunity with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Johnson was named the league’s assistant commissioner with a focus on championship administration and compliance. Her first day on the job was Monday.

“We will greatly miss Bridget,” said Pacific head cross country and track and field coach Tim Boyce. “She did a great job helping us to build our programs and we wish her all of the best in this exciting new opportunity.”

During her time at Pacific, Johnson played a key role in helping build quality in both the cross country and track and field programs. Thanks in part to her role as the recruiting coordinator for the programs, the squad size for the track program increased to nearly 70 athletes while cross country numbers climbed to 23.

The new position with the GNAC brings Johnson full circle. The Portland native was a track and field standout for GNAC member Western Oregon, twice earning NCAA Division II All-American distinction in the heptathlon. She was a two-time GNAC champion in the heptathlon, the 2006 champion in the 100-member hurdles and was named to the GNAC All-Academic Team.

“We are extremely excited to have Bridget back in the GNAC where she excelled as a student, athlete and coach,” said GNAC Commissioner Dave Haglund. “Since leaving Western Oregon University, she has worked her way up the coaching and administrative ranks, and she comes to us highly recommended for her work ethic, passion and professionalism. There is no doubt she will be a great addition to the GNAC and serve our membership well.”

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