October 11, 2017

Basketball adds Trent Johnson to coaching staff

By Micah  Brown–

Interim basketball coach David Padgett announced Trent Johnson as assistant coach Oct. 10. Since former assistant Kenny Johnson is on administrative leave and Jordan Fair is fired, Padgett found himself the only person on basketball’s coaching staff.

Padgett’s ties with Johnson go back to when he played high school basketball in Nevada with Johnson’s son.

“I’ve personally known him for a long time. He was the head coach at Nevada when his son and I played in high school together. He is going to bring a wealth of knowledge to our program” Padgett said. “I literally could not have hired a better guy. He is going to be great for me to lean on.”

Johnson was previously the head coach of Nevada, Stanford, LSU and TCU.

While experience is certainly a strong suit for the new assistant, critics could point to his lackluster career record of 276-264. His overall record as a head coach is practically irrelevant. As someone who has described himself as a players-first coach, it is important for Padgett to hire personnel the players respect and can relate to.

“He’s someone that I will be able to lean on and our players will be able to relate well to him. I think under the circumstances, I don’t think that we could find a better hire,” Padgett said.

With the opening tip of the 2018 season is coming fast, the interim head coach appears to be focused and ready to take on the challenges that this season will throw at this team.

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