USC's Floyd Announces Men's Basketball Staff
Aug. 5, 2005
Phil Johnson, Rudy Hackett and DeMarlo Slocum have joined the USC men's basketball staff, announced head coach Tim Floyd today.
They will join a staff that also includes Gib Arnold, who was hired on April 6, and Bob Cantu, who served with the Trojans last season.
'I love the diverse background, experience and contacts that this staff possesses,' said Floyd. 'The intent was not to hire a group that thought the exact same way. Recruiting always is important when assembling a staff, but first and foremost, we tried to hire coaches we thought at some point would be Division I coaches. These are men who are teachers first and recruiters second.'
Jim Saia, who was elevated to interim head coach last season after Henry Bibby was fired and remained with USC after Floyd was hired in January, has left the Trojans to pursue other head coaching opportunities.
Johnson, 47, was the head coach at San Jose State the past three seasons (2002-04), his second stint at the helm of the Spartan's program. He also served as San Jose State's head coach for the 1999 season, before leaving to become an assistant on Floyd's staff with the NBA's Chicago Bulls.
Prior to that, Johnson served five years (1994-98) as an assistant coach at Arizona under Lute Olson. All five years he worked for the Wildcats, they played in the NCAA Tournament, winning the national championship in 1997. He also was an assistant coach at Tulsa in 1991 and under Floyd at the University of New Orleans in 1992 and 1993.
Johnson's coaching career began in 1983 at his alma mater, East Central Oklahoma University where he led the Tigers to conference championships in each of his three seasons (1983-85), reaching the NAIA District IX finals in 1984. His first head coaching job was at Northern Oklahoma Junior College (1986-87), before moving to Seminole Junior College for three seasons (1988-90). His 1988 Seminole team won a state championship and the 1989 squad was a conference champion.
'I have a tremendous comfort zone with Phil,' said Floyd. 'He is a terrific on-the-floor coach, who brings experience and contacts from all levels to our program. He understands the Pac-10, as he was part of the NCAA championship program, which is what we are trying to do here.'
Hackett, 52, who was an assistant coach and dean of discipline at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower, Calif., moved here two years ago from Italy where he played, coached and taught. He moved back to the United States so his son could be exposed to the American game.
Hackett starred as a forward at Syracuse from 1973 to 1975, earning second-team AP All-American honors in 1975 when his team reached the Final Four. He averaged 17.2 points during his career and was named an honorable mention on the all-time NCAA tournament team in 2002, where he averaged 17.7 points and 11 rebounds in nine games. Hackett was a third-round draft pick by the New Orleans Jazz in 1975, and following parts of two seasons playing for the Jazz, New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, had a 15-year career playing in Europe.
'Rudy brings a wealth of basketball experiences from all levels to our program,' said Floyd. 'I had an opportunity to watch him work out players individually this summer and felt like he did a great job in that area. Individual skill development has become a big part of the collegiate game.'
Slocum, 26, served last season as an assistant coach at Dixie Junior College in St. George, Utah. The two seasons prior to that, he was an assistant at Georgia Southern. Slocum began his collegiate career playing two seasons for Dixie College, before attending Georgia Southern for his final two years. Slocum averaged 25.4 points during his senior season (1996) at El Dorado High in Las Vegas, Nev.
'DeMarlo came highly recommended from several coaches, including Gib Arnold from our staff,' said Floyd. 'He's a bright young guy who has worked and recruited successfully. His personality, persistence and knowledge of the game at a young age will serve him well.'