Coach Ty tears up the field in one of her Mayhem games. Photo: Mayhem Football

Calling all athletes and fitness fanatics to join in welcoming Coach Ty to the weight room team. This welcome is belated, as Coach Tykesia Johnson joined the Pace staff at the start of the 2016 school year. Working alongside coaches Clement Rouviere and Sekou Walton, Coach Ty brings the first official female presence into the Iron Knights’ arena. “Coach Ty has been a great and much needed addition to the weight room,” said Coach Clement. “She brings a lot of positive energy and has been a great role model for our athletes.” 

I was born in Las Vegas where my dad was stationed in the Air Force, and we then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina,” said Ty. In North Carolina she attended Northeast Guilford High School and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for college. After she graduated, she moved to Atlanta in 2014 and began her fitness career.

Along with working as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in the Pace weight room, Ty is also a coach at Blueprint Combine Fitness Center and a coach at the Forum Athletic Club in Buckhead. Exhibiting her athletic prowess, she also plays semi-pro football for the Mayhem 8-woman contact women’s league. The Mayhem motto is “Play football; Have fun!” as established by the founder, Cedrick Walker in 2014. Coach Ty is number 43 for the Mayhem, and plays a variety of positions. “My positions include running back and defensive end, as well as wide receiver when my coach forces me to,” said Ty.

When Coach Ty is not training student athletes or pushing clients in the gym, she can be found playing with her Lab-German Shepherd mix Pablo, watching movies and listening to old school music. Nevertheless, her passions are playing football and working hard. “My special talents would be footwork, being able to do different flips and making pancakes,” said Ty. So whether a student needs some fitness conditioning or a hot stack of pancakes, Coach Ty Johnson is ready for action.