- Assistant Coach
Phone: (540) 231-5537
Eric Johannigmeier is in his third year with the Virginia Tech track & field staff as the assistant cross country/distance coach after serving as a volunteer assistant for the Hokies from 2011-13.
Johannigmeier played a role in the development of standout runner Thomas Curtin, who earned All-America honors in all three disciplines during the 2015-16 season (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track). Curtin won the ACC cross country title and also added ACC titles in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs during the outdoor season. In 2015, Curtin earned three All-America nods in track (two indoor, one outdoor).
He also has aided in the development of talented runners Hanna Green and Shannon Morton. Green won the 2016 ACC title in the 800 during the indoor season and earned All-America honors at the NCAA’s indoor meet, while Morton earned All-America honors in the mile during the indoor season.
In the fall of 2015, Johannigmeier and head cross country coach Ben Thomas guided the Tech men’s team to an NCAA berth and the Hokies finished 27th as a team in just the program’s second NCAA appearance since 1987. In the fall of 2014, he and Thomas led the Tech women’s cross country team to an NCAA berth and a top-25 finish. The NCAA appearance marked just the second in the program’s history.
While a volunteer assistant at Tech, Johannigmeier was a part of three ACC Championships, two in track and one in cross country. He also helped the Hokie men to a fifth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Prior to his time with the Hokies, Johannigmeier was an undergraduate assistant for the University of Illinois track and field program. During his year there, the outdoor track and field team finished 11th at the NCAA Championships and the cross country team finished fifth at the Midwest Regional.
Before serving as an undergraduate assistant at the University of Illinois, Johannigmeier participated in both cross country and track and field for the Fighting Illini.
In addition to coaching, Johannigmeier has worked as a civil engineer.
Johannigmeier holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.