MAC ON SPORTS: AMBER JOHNSON IS NEW ST. TERESA GIRLS TRACK TEAM COACH

   

J. Thomas McNamara

  Todd Vohland, who has led the St. Teresa girls cross-country and track and field teams to unparalleled successes, has turned over the reins to the lady Bulldogs track program to one of his former student-athletes, Amber Johnson.

    In addition to coaching the girls St. Teresa track team, she also is teaching theology there.
    PrincipalLarry Daly made the announcements today (Wednesday, April 14).  Vohland will continue to as an assistant.  Johnson herself assisted Vohland during the recent cross-country season.
     In his release to the media, Daly wrote, “Mr. Vohland has been the key to the success of the St. Teresa track program. He truly cares about his athletes and works hard with all of them to ensure they are always at their competitive bestWe are happy he is still going to be part of the successful program.”
    How good has St. Teresa been under Vohland’s tutelage.  The numbers tell the story–since 2007, the lady Bulldogs track and field team has finished first or second at sectionals each year with six championships, including five in a row from 2015-2019.
    At the state level, the team finished third in both 2018 and 2019  and Vohland’s athletes have earned 94 All-State medals in his 21 years at St. Teresa. 
    He was inducted into the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2018.
    Vohland will continue as head cross country coach, athletic director, and U.S. history teacher for St. Teresa.
    The IHSA has announced the girls track and field championships will be held in mid-June at a site yet to be determined.  IHSA officials say Eastern Illinois University probably will be the site again, although that was not in this week’s IHSA release on the state series dates and locations for boys and girls baseball and softball sites.
    I will have more on this developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

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