He has more than two decades' experience as a high school and collegiate track and cross country coach, is a five-time NCAA Coach of the Year and is a member four halls of fame, including the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame

MUCH MORE TO COME!

As the former head track coach at the Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois from 1967-1969 Jim’s track teams
produced some of America’s most influential sports professionals who have had a direct impact and influence on track and field today.
JanJohnson,pole vaulter for coach Santos went on to win an NCAA National title and winning the 1972 Olympic Bronze medal.
Today Jan serves as the Director for USATF Pole Vault Safety. Assistant coach Steve Miller moved on to be the head track and field
coach at Cal Poly SLO, Kansas State, and then was named the Global Marketing Director for Nike. John Capriotti ran for coach at
Bloom, and he too developed into a most successful coach at Kansas State, then became the track and field director for Nike, and now
holds the position as Nike Global Marketing Director.

The latest and greatest Bloom Track and Field athlete ever?

One of Bloom's greatest track coaches?

Lonnell Poole
30 years coaching @ Bloom H.S. in Chicago Heights, IL.  He was inducted into the Illinois Track & Cross Country Hall of Fame in 1998.  He was the 1966 Illinois state champ in the high hurdles and competed @ Middle Tennessee State University.  His teams have won 2 state  team championships inIllinois with 7 individual state champions & 2 coach of the year awards.

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1967

1967 season of cross country, first year coach Jim Santos won the conference meet 52 to 53 over Eisenhower. Junior Steve Small broke the course record several times during the season and came in 4th at conference. Huey johnson took 6th, and 4 men came in 13-16, with Ab Sauceda, Rich Harvey, Grady Manning and Jan Johnson finishing together. At the District meet, Small came in 6th just missing state. Jan Johnson ran a school record of 10:15 at Wilson Woods Forest Preserves.

JAN JOHNSON '68

As a  Bloom senior, 2009 Illinois Class 3A state runner-up in pole vault (15-6) and long jump (22-11 3/4) ... four-time state qualifier in track ... All-Southland Athletic Conference in football ... Coach Andrew Schmitt

• Big Ten record-holder in indoor heptathlon (6,165 points)
• Ranks as No. 4 collegian all-time in the indoor heptathlon
• First collegian to top 6,000 points four times in a career (heptathlon)
• Seventh collegian to top 6,000-point plateau in indoor heptathlon
• School record-holder in indoor pentathlon (4,040 points)
• School record-holder in pole vault (18-2 1/2 (5.55m))
• 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Big Ten champion (indoor heptathlon)
• 2013, 2012 All-American (indoor heptathlon)
• 2012 Second-team All-American (decathlon)
• 2011 Second-team All-American (heptathlon)
• 2012 USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year
• 2012 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year
• 2012 Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championships
• 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year - Indoor

Trojan Track and Field History

...The Bloom Township HS All-State athlete had great expectations when he agreed to compete for the University of Wisconsin...

BTHS

BLOOM OUTDOOR TRACK RECORDS 1977
100 yd. dash       9.61      George Carter          1977
120 yd. H.H.      14.17      Dennis Carrabine   1977
300 L.H              38.6       Dennis Carrabine  1977
220 yd. dash      21.7        George Carter        1976
440 yd. dash      48.3       John Johnson         1971
880 yd. Run       1:55.3    Orlandus Burnett   1972
Mile Run            4:17.5     Terry Bauer            1975
2-Mile Run        9:05.0    Leo Lenting             1975
440 yd, Relay    42.2       George Carter, Jeff Rose,

                            Tony Horton, James Patton 1976
88yd. Relay        1:28.4    Frank Calhoun, Mike Millen,                               Willie Hampton, Jim Murray 1967
2 Mile Relay       7:39.5    David Carrizales, Jeff Small,                                       Terry Bauer, Mark Lenke 1976
Mile Relay           3:17.7    Bill Collins, Joe Smalzer,                                    Henry Kennedy, John Johnson 1971
Long Jump          23”8 ½ “ Ed Tate                 1976
High Jump          6’8”          Gary Brown          1976
Pole Vault             16’5”         Tim Johnson        1974
Shot Put                62’10 ¼ “ Herschel Benberry 1967
Discus                   173’4 ½ “ Herschel Benberry 1967
Triple Jump          50’11”      Ed Tate                  1976

...One of the best stories about Steve Prefontaine comes from Jan Johnson, in a piece he wrote for the Summer 1995 issue of American Track and Field about their travels together in '72 and '73 in Europe. Jan related that Pre used to love helping him carry his poles through crowded airports. They would mischievously charge through as people scrambled to make way for the crazy Americans running through the crowd bearing the unwieldy poles. Jan said that Steve would smile about it and just laugh, knowing that he had awakened up more than a few tired travelers.

Jan also related what he considered to be the toughest workout by Pre he had ever seen--he remembered it as being in Finland before the Olympics. It was three separate mile-runs in which he started with a time of 4:12 and ended with a 4:00 on the third mile, all by himself.

  • LONNELL POOLE
  •  HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPION '66
  • COLLEGE CHAMPION
  • HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHAMPION COACH '77

JAPHETH CATO

40 years later...


Former Bradley University track and field standout Steve Miller has been named chairman of the board for USATF, the governing body for the sport in this country.

Miller, who has been a member of the board since 2009, will replace USATF president Stephanie Hightower, who is leaving the chair to prepare for election to the IAAF Council. IAAF is the international governing body for track and field.

Miller, a member of the Bradley Hall of Fame, is CEO of Agassi Graf Holdings, responsible for the operation of not-for-profit ventures founded by retired professional tennis stars Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf.

Previously, Miller was president and CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association and for 10 years was director of global sports marketing for Nike. After graduating from Bradley in 1965, Miller became an English teacher and track coach at Chicago Heights Bloom High School. He later was track coach at Kansas State and Cal Poly, then athletic director at Kansas State before joining Nike in 1990.

TRACK & FIELD 

Short film, featuring the '72  Olympics and and Jan Johnson

He competed for the United States in the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany, where he won the bronze medal.

Johnson held a world indoor record at 17 feet, 7 inches while competing for the University of Kansas. He transferred to Alabama, where he became a three-time NCAA champion. He won the 1971 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Johnson won the 1968 Illinois state high school championship while competing at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. In 1972, the gymnasium of Rickover Junior High School in Sauk Village, Illinois was dedicated and named in his honor. His daughter, Chelsea, became a two-time NCAA outdoor champion in the pole vault for UCLA, where she is now a member of the coaching staff. Chelsea competed for the US in the women's pole vault at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin.

As the former head track coach at the Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois from 1967-1969 Jim’s track teams
produced some of America’s most influential sports professionals who have had a direct impact and influence on track and field today.
Jan Johnson, pole vaulter for coach Santos went on to win an NCAA National title and winning the 1972 Olympic Bronze medal.
Today Jan serves as the Director for USATF Pole Vault Safety. Assistant coach Steve Miller moved on to be the head track and field
coach at Cal Poly SLO, Kansas State, and then was named the Global Marketing Director for Nike. John Capriotti ran for coach at
Bloom, and he too developed into a most successful coach at Kansas State, then became the track and field director for Nike, and now
holds the position as Nike Global Marketing Director.

1974 Cross Country State champs  video (click pic)

​​The following teams won their respective IHSA sponsored state championship tournament/meet.

Cross Country (boys): 1950–51, 74–75, 75–76
Track & Field (boys): 1955–56, 56–57, 57–58, 58–59, 76–77, 87–88
Wrestling: 1974–75, 75–76

Bloom played in the title game of the Illinois High School Boys Basketball Championship in both 1974 and 1975.

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Jimmie Rogers tied Leroy Jackson's 100 record. He had the fastest outdoor time of 9.7.  Jimmie had a nationally ranked time in the 60 yd dash of 6.2 indoor and owned the fastest time in the state in 1968 for both 60 and 50 dashes.  



“Bloom was such an integrated, working-class school,” he said. “I love Chicago Heights. I have so many friends from there. The most important lesson I learned at Bloom was how to understand other races and cultures. Bloom was a great school for that."

                    Jan Johnson

Jan  Johnson, 1972 Olympic Medalist, Track Alum              Lonnell Poole, Track Alum, Coach Staff              Barb Fulsang Layer, Coach Staff          Steve Small, Track Alum              Mike Lopez, Track Alum      

Donna Filips, Track Alum,Coach Staff                                     Bruce Meyer, Track Alum, Coach Staff                Gregg Newquist, Track Alum                Jill Fulsang, Track Alum               Andrew Schmitt, Coach Staff

Diana Anderson, Coach Staff                                                    Joseph Cato, Track Alum                                       Don Slota, Coach Staff

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