Trent Johnson Named Men's Basketball Head Coach At LSU
April 10, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Trent Johnson has been announced today as the men's basketball head coach at LSU. The following is a statement from Stanford Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby.
'I wish Trent well in his new position at Louisiana State. He did a tremendous job in leading our men's basketball program over the last four years and will be missed by the entire Stanford community. There was mutual desire to have Trent remain at Stanford and based on our recent discussions, I had every reason to believe he was going to continue in his role as head men's basketball coach for the foreseeable future. Things change quickly sometimes and although the interest in LSU came as a surprise, I have no doubt that he will do well in the Southeastern Conference and at LSU.'
'At the same time, Trent's departure presents an exciting opportunity to aggressively pursue candidates who look forward to leading one the nation's most successful basketball programs at one of America's great universities. The process to select a new head coach will begin immediately.'
Johnson, 80-48 in four seasons at the helm of the Cardinal, directed Stanford to its best season during his tenure and best since a 30-2 finish in 2003-04. This year's squad posted a 28-8 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. Picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason media poll, the Cardinal wrapped up the regular season in second place at 13-5 overall. Johnson, selected as the 2008 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, led the Cardinal to the postseason in each of his four years, reaching the NCAA Tournament three times (2005, 2007, 2008) and qualifying for the 2006 NIT.