UofL's Padgett appoints Trent Johnson to assistant coach role

INTERVIEW: Andrew Wolfson, C-J reporter

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – UofL acting head coach for the Men’s Basketball team announced Trent Johnson will be his assistant coach.

On Oct. 11 Padgett said he couldn’t have made a better hire than Johnson, who was the most experienced guy available.

Padgett and Johnson walked into the YUM! Center’s Media Room together for Wednesday’s announcement.

Padgett also said it was difficult finding coaches to take a job that is uncertain six months down the road.

RELATED: Two UofL basketball coaching staff members placed on administrative leave

Johnson was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2009, Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2008 and WAC Coach of the Year in 2003.

"I'm ready to do whatever he needs me to do," Johnson said. 

Johnson said, during Wednesday's news conference, he needs to see the Cards in action before he can provide guidance to Padgett.

"I need to see what they run offensively and defensively before I can give Coach Padgett any advice," Johnson said. 

Johnson has 36 years of coaching, including 17 years as a head coach at four collegiate programs. 

Johnson played college basketball at Boise State (1974-78), where he ranks among the school's career leaders with 1,115 points and 702 rebounds. In his sophomore season (1975-76), the Broncos won the Big Sky Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He earned All-Big Sky honors as a senior. Following his collegiate career, Johnson played professionally for the Washington Lumberjacks of the Western Basketball League. He returned to Boise State after his playing days to complete his degree in physical education in 1986.

Johnson was born in Berkeley, Calif. He and his wife, Jackie, have two adult children: a daughter, Tinishia, and a son, Terry.

Padgett was named acting head coach in late September after the FBI announced they had an open investigation into fraud and corruption involving college basketball programs across the nation.

The University of Louisville was listed as part of the FBI’s investigation but no one has been charged or named in the investigation.

UofL’s Interim President Greg Postel suspended Head Basketball Coach Rick Pitino and Athletic Director Tom Jurich after the FBI announced their open investigation.
 

© 2017 WHAS-TV


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment