Former Bethune-Cookman AD, Co-Founder of Florida Classic Lloyd Johnson Dies
Former Bethune-Cookman University Athletic Director Lloyd “Tank” Johnson,” recognized by many as the father of what is todays Florida Classic, passed away Sunday. He was 77.
A 1958 graduate, Johnson served as athletic director from 1972 to 1991, His visionary leadership oversaw the Wildcats ascent to Division I and partnership with Florida A&Ms Hansel Tookes in laying the groundwork for the Florida Classic, which made its debut in Tampa in 1978.
The archrivals had met to capacity crowds at Florida State University, Daytona International Speedway and Orlando, the current site, prior to that.
Johnson also served as a defensive coordinator for the Wildcat football team from 1961-78 in addition to coaching track and field in the days where coaches would oversee multiple sports.
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