Louisville basketball introduces newest addition to coaching staff

04/23/2014 11:10 AM

UofL head coach Rick Pitino announced on Wednesday that former IU assistant men’s basketball coach Kenny Johnson will join the UofL men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach under Pitino.

“We’re very excited to have Kenny in our program,” said Pitino. “The first thing I did when Kevin Keatts left to become the head coach at UNC Wilmington was to ask my son Richard [Pitino] to find the best rising assistant coach in the business. He spoke to a lot of people and they led directly to Kenny Johnson and others think he is outstanding as well. He is extremely bright, having studied cell, molecular biology and genetics in college.”

During his two seasons at Indiana, Johnson helped to assemble top 20 recruiting classes. In July 2013, ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman named him as the nation’s 11th most respected/feared assistant coach.

Indiana head coach Tom Crean released the following statement regarding Johnson’s departure:

“I was always hopeful Kenny would not leave until he became a head coach, but I think this offer was too big to turn down. We have had a lot of history together and he leaves with our support and appreciation for a job well done.”


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