WINGS OF SKILL
YOUTH TRACK CLUB
In May 2009 at the TSSAA State Track & Field Games, the idea of Wings of Skill Youth Track Club was conceived. Four young men who had never experienced the level of competition and rewards placed 3rd in the 4X400m relay that day. This was a race that they felt strongly about winning, seeing that they had been ranked #1 and was picked to win the state title that year in the 4X400m relay. The vision was clear. Two of the student-athletes remained, bringing their experiences along with them. The athletes chose to run during the 2009-2010 Indoor season under the USATF organization. Four junior student-athletes would emerge from this group to win two back-to-back state titles in the 4X200m and 4X400m relays at their schools. Not to mention, one amazing individual sacrifice by one of their freshman members who would not see a state medal that year. This was the first time in their school's history, Williamson County and one of the top performances ever in the state of Tennessee.
In September 2010, the Wings of Skill Youth Track Club was officially birthed to benefit all Youth who wanted to learn and improve their performances in all types of sporting activities. During the winter of 2010, a group of Boys & Girls ran in the 2010-2011 Indoor meets held at Tennessee State University, Eastern Tennessee State University and the University of Kentucky. One of the athletes produced National Elite times in the 60m, 200m and 400m dashes. His times during the 2011 University of Kentucky Indoor meet would be the fastest 400m time in the state of Tennessee and top 25 in the country.
The 2011 Summer Track Program kicked off in full swing to a community who was up and rising in track & field. This program would give our community options and opened the idea of track and field to help nurture athletes who were involved in other sporting activities. In our first year, the club advanced 8 athletes to the 2011 National Junior Olympics held in New Orleans, LA. Three of the athletes won end of season honor awards for placing in the National Elite's Top 100 in the Country, Honorable-Metion All-Americans. It is our sincere hope that the Wings of Skill Youth Track Club will remain and grow for decades to come! "Come and Join the Fun!!!"
The birth of Wings of Skill can be found in (KJV: Isaiah 6:1-8)
The Wings of Skill Youth Track Club was founded by James Johnson a Two-Time Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA)Track State Champion, 1987 Honorable High School Football All-American, One-Time KHSAA Football State Champion, selected to the 1987 KHSAA First Team All-State Defense, a One-Time KHSAA Football State Runner-Up and selected to the All Western Kentucky Conference Squad. James was also a successful wrestler who advanced to the KHSAA Semi-State Finals. After a 20 year plus commitment to our country, James Pursued his passion of training and mentoring youth by using the "Total Person" concept. James spent two successful seasons as an Independence High School's Boys & Girls (Sprints) coach, he then was asked to coach during the 2010 summer track season with the Williamson Youth Track Club to better serve the needs of his growing community.
James enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He has two older kids who are currently attending college full-time and are pursuing careers. All of James' younger children participated in summer track and enjoyed their experiences. One of James' children advanced to the 2010 Junior Olympic National Championship held at Norfolk, Virginia in the 200m and 400m dashes. The other two children did very well in the 2010 Regional National Qualifier meet, but were edged out by a competitive field.
James was born in Tiptonville, Tennessee to Helen and James Johnson. When James was a month old his parents moved to Paducah, Kentucky. James began playing football at the age of 7 and played every year until he graducated from high school, eventually accepting a scholarship to play college football at Western Kentucky University. It wasn't until James' 7th grade year at Paducah Middle School that he first experienced track and field. James ran the 800, 1600 and 3200 meters for Paducah Middle School running 40yd times at speeds of 4.39 and consistent 4.4s. James' freshman relay team broke records and won nearly every meet in the 4X100m relay, 4X200m and the 4X400m relays. During James' sophomore year (1986) at Tilghman, his 4X100m relay advanced to the finals and won the 1986 AAA Kentucky State Championship that year. The 4X100m relay record of 42.43 still stands as an official record for the Tilghman Tornadoes. In 1987, Paducah Tilghman High School was invited to the 25th Annual Volunteer Track Classic. That year, James was the first leg of his 4X200m relay team. Paducah Tilghman won the Volunteer Track Classic with a time of 3:20.07 in the 4X400m Relay, defeating top teams like E.C. Glass and several other top teams from all over the south. In 1987, James 4X400m relay advanced to the state championship where his team captured their 9th consecutive state title and his 2nd under the legendary coaching of (former) Head Coach, Lyman Brown.
James joined the military in 1989, where he spent his first tour at Fort Polk, Louisianna as a Field Artillery Specialist. In 1990, James was deployed to Germany for his first of three tours in Europe. James eventually made his way around to the Middle Tennessee area in 2000 as a Human Resources Manager. James spent his last 7 years as an Army Career Counselor, subsequently retiring in 2009 with over 20 years of Active Federal Service with commendations.