Trent Johnson Named Finalist For Skip Prosser Man Of The Year Award

March 12, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- In addition to earning Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, head coach Trent Johnson continues to gain national recognition for leading Stanford to its best season since a 30-2 finish in 2003-04.

One day after being named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I District 14 Coach of the Year, Johnson was announced as one of 10 finalists for the inaugural Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award.

The Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award will be given annually to a division 1 head coach who best represents the high standards of the coaching profession- winning with integrity. The award is named in memory of former Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser, who passed away suddenly on July 26, 2007.

Johnson and nine other finalists were selected from a group of 20 semifinalists compiled by the national selection panel. Joining Johnson are the following: Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Rick Byrd (Belmont), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Frank Haith (Miami), Bob McKillop (Davidson), Sean Miller (Xavier), Matt Painter (Purdue), Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) and Gary Waters (Cleveland State).

Johnson, 76-46 in four seasons on The Farm, has directed Stanford to its best season during his tenure and best since a 30-2 finish in 2003-04. Picked to finish fifth in the conference preseason media poll, theCardinal wrapped up the regular season in second place at 13-5 overall.

The Cardinal (24-6) needs just one more victory to achieve its ninth 25-win season in program history and has posted two different seven-game winning streaks while establishing a record for most home wins (16) in a single season. Johnson's squad has also been a fixture in the national rankings all season long, owning a spot in the top-10 of both polls for five consecutive weeks late in the year.

The Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, which was established by and the Prosser family, will be presented at the 2008 Final Four in San Antonio.