Mike Johnson Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
June 30, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Mike Johnson, previously an assistant coach at UC Irvine and Cal State Northridge, has been named an assistant with the USC men's basketball program, Trojan head coach Henry Bibby announced today (June 30).
Johnson, 34, spent last season (2003) as an assistant at UC Irvine. The Anteaters finished 20-9 overall last year and 13-5 (second place) in the Big West Conference. They advanced to the Big West Tournament semifinals before losing to Utah State. Johnson worked with UC Irvine's post players and assisted in recruiting.
He spent a year in private business during the 2002 season.
Johnson spent the previous nine seasons (1993-01) at Cal State Northridge, the first six (1993-98) as an assistant coach and the final three (1999-01) as the program's first-ever associate head coach. He worked with the Matador post players and assisted as the offensive coordinator. He also served as recruiting coordinator and was responsible for a 1997-98 class that included Brian Heinle, Cal State Northridge's all-time leading scorer and shot blocker and its only Division I All-American (third team).
The Matadors made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in Johnson's final year, finishing 22-10 (school record for wins) in 2001 and winning the Big Sky Tournament Championship. Also that year, Northridge was sixth in the country in field goal percentage and seventh in scoring.
Johnson, a 1991 graduate of Purdue with a bachelor's degree in history, spent three years (1988-1991) as an undergraduate assistant on the Boilermakers staff.
Johnson began his coaching career in 1987 at his high school alma mater, Germantown (Ohio) Valley View, where he served as an assistant coach for the boys' basketball team.
Johnson and his wife, Molly, have two sons, Michael, 4, and Mason, 2. Johnson and his wife are expecting their third child in September.
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