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Roy Johnson

Maybe more than any person, Roy Johnson was responsible for the early growth of Lobo Athletics. Arriving in Albuquerque via train in 1920 following a superb athletic career at the University of Michigan, the man nicknamed “Old Iron Head,” set about the dubious task of building collegiate-level athletics facilities, many times doing the hard labor with his own hands.

In 1957, while still on the faculty, Johnson received one of the University’s most distinguished honors when the new gymnasium – now Johnson Gymnasium – was named in his honor.