Lilah Drafts-Johnson enters her first season as an assistant coach for the Amherst men's and women's track & field teams in 2018-19. Her primary responsibility will be with long sprints and long hurdles.
Lilah comes to the Pioneer Valley after capping off a prolific four-year academic and athletic career at Oberlin College in which she graduated in May 2018 with a degree in Latin American Studies and Politics.
An accomplished track & field student-athlete at Oberlin, Lilah posted the 10th best time in Division III history in the 400m hurdles at the 2018 NCAA Championships to add individual national champion to her list of noteworthy achievements. She is a four-time All-American (indoor 400m, 400m hurdles), has racked up nine USTFCCA All-Region awards (400, 200, 400 hurdles, 4x400) and is the Oberlin record holder in six events (indoor 400m, 200m, 4x400, and outdoor 400m, 200m,400m hurdles), while also boasting impressive North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) accolades as a four-time NCAC Sprinter of the Year, nine-time NCAC individual champion, 25-time All-Conference selection and the current NCAC indoor 400m record holder. She also brings international experience to Amherst, having trained and competed with members of the Chilean national track & field team in the fall of 2016.
A four-time USTFCCA Academic All-American and 2018 CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team honoree, Lilah was awarded a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship after graduating Oberlin as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
The 2017-18 Branch Rickey Women & Minority Sports Leadership Development Program Fellow, Lilah also co-founded "Stronger Together," – a student-run organization aimed at increasing inter-team community and professional development opportunities for members of women varsity athletic teams at Oberlin College – and assisted in the organization and facilitation of a "The Divide," a three-part series dedicated to engage the Oberlin campus community around the topic of the student-athlete/non-athlete divide.