Trent Johnson
Trent Johnson

Position:
Head Coach | 2nd Season

Alma Mater:
Boise State | 1986


03/17/2014

Trent Johnson Radio Show Returns Monday

Trent Johnson Radio Show Returns Monday

03/09/2014

TCU Battles Baylor Wednesday in Kansas City

Start time is set for 8:30 p.m. CT from the Sprint Center.

03/08/2014

Post-Game Quotes: TCU 67, Oklahoma 97

TCU 67, Oklahoma 97

03/07/2014

TCU Hosts Sooners Saturday on Senior Day

Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. CT from the DMC.

03/03/2014

TCU Ready for Texas Wednesday Night

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from Austin.

03/08/2014

TCU vs Oklahoma (USATSI)

TCU vs Oklahoma (USATSI)

02/24/2014

TCU vs. Oklahoma State

TCU vs. Oklahoma State

02/22/2014

TCU vs. No. 17 Iowa State

TCU vs. No. 17 Iowa State photos by USA TODAY Sports

02/19/2014

TCU vs. Kansas State

TCU men's basketball

02/15/2014

TCU vs. Kansas (USATSI)

TCU vs. Kansas (USATSI)

Trent Johnson, the man selected by TCU to guide its men's basketball program into a new era as a member of the Big 12 Conference, concluded his first season as the Horned Frogs' head coach in 2012-13.

Johnson has served 14 seasons as a head coach following previous stops at Nevada (1999-2004), Stanford (2004-08) and LSU (2008-12). His career record stands at 236-206 overall. He was named conference coach of the year in each of the previous three conferences in which he coached (2003 WAC, 2008 Pac-10 and 2009 SEC).

Johnson brought a proven track record with him to Fort Worth featuring eight postseason bids, including five NCAA Tournaments and two Sweet 16 appearances, and three conference championships. Nine of his former players have moved on to careers in the NBA, while he entered the 2012-13 season with the fifth-longest active coaching tree in the nation with five of his former assistants holding down Division I head coaching posts: David Carter (Nevada), Mark Fox (Georgia), Eric Reveno (Portland), Keith Richard (Louisiana-Monroe) and Nick Robinson (Southern Utah).

The 21st men's basketball coach in TCU history, Johnson was appointed to the post on April 9, 2012 by director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte.

AT TCU (2012-PRESENT)
Johnson's first TCU squad faced a major test with its entry into one of the nation's elite basketball conferences, the Big 12, following seven years as a member of the Mountain West. Adding to the challenge was the loss of three key players to season-ending injuries prior to the start of conference play in Amric Fields, Jarvis Ray and Aaron Durley.

Johnson's first year with the Frogs saw the squad post 11 wins, including four over teams that would move on to play in the postseason. The group opened the season with a 9-4 record, TCU's top non-conference mark since 2004-05 (10-4). It posted a 4-1 start to the season, the best over a five-game stretch for a new Frogs coach since Mike Brumbelow in 1937 (5-0).

The first season of the Johnson era was highlighted by defense, as the Frogs finished third in the Big 12 in points allowed at only 62.6 per contest. The figure marked the team's lowest since the introduction of the 3-point line in 1986-87. TCU made tremendous progress in the area over the previous season, gaining more than 200 spots in the national statistical rankings while finishing among the top-70 squads.

The signature moment of Johnson's first season on campus was also one of the biggest victories in program history--a 62-55 decision over No. 5 Kansas on Feb. 6 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest, played in front of a DMC-record crowd of 7,412, marked the first win ever for the Frogs against a top-5 rated opponent. The squad later added another home victory on Senior Day over an NCAA Tournament-bound Oklahoma team, which also was receiving votes in the national polls.

The pairing of Johnson's arrival at TCU and the Frogs' entry into the Big 12 created an excitement among the program's fan base that resulted in significant attendance gains. TCU averaged 4,854 fans at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in 2012-13, the most since the 1999-2000 season. The Frogs' total attendance of 87,377 ranked as the third-best in school history.

Not only have the efforts of Johnson and his staff impressed the TCU fans, potential student-athletes also have taken notice. The Frogs wrapped up their first full signing period under the new staff by inking one of the top classes in program history. The four-man group of prep commits Brandon Parrish, Hudson Price, Karviar Shepherd and Michael Williams was ranked 34th-best in the nation by ESPN. Each player earned a national ranking from at least one major outlet, including one listed among the nation's top-50 players (Shepherd) and another among the top-150 (Parrish).

The 2013 signing class will mix with returning TCU underclassmen standouts such as Fields, guard Kyan Anderson and forward Devonta Abron to form the foundation of Johnson's TCU program moving forward. Anderson became an offensive leader this past season as a sophomore, leading the squad in scoring, assists, steals and minutes played, while Abron, Johnson's first roster addition in summer 2012 as a transfer from Arkansas, emerged as a force in the middle that was able to match up well against other physical Big 12 lineups. Fields appeared poised to emerge as TCU's top offensive weapon before being sidelined with his season-ending knee injury, which should be fully healed by the start of Johnson's second season with the Frogs.

AT LSU (2008-12)
Johnson arrived at TCU from LSU, where he posted a pair of winning seasons and postseason appearances in four years coaching the Tigers.

Johnson found success right away in his first year at LSU, leading the squad to a 27-8 overall record and SEC regular-season championship with a 13-3 conference mark. The 27 overall victories were the third-most in a season in program history. LSU returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006, advancing to the second round before falling to North Carolina. In the opening round, LSU defeated nationally-ranked Butler one year prior to the Bulldogs' run of two straight trips to the NCAA Championship game.

The Tigers' outstanding first season under Johnson helped him to be named the consensus 2008-09 SEC Coach of the Year, and he was a finalist for four national coach of the year honors. He became the first LSU men's basketball coach to win a league title and take his team to postseason play in his first year at the school.

Johnson's final LSU squad posted an 18-15 overall record and an NIT first-round appearance in 2011-12. The Tigers featured a pair of All-SEC performers, including center Justin Hamilton, a second-team selection, and guard Anthony Hickey, who was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Hamilton and Hickey were among a handful of talented players that graced the LSU roster during Johnson's time in Baton Rouge. Four Tigers who played under Johnson have gone on to either making an NBA roster or being drafted into the league, including Hamilton (Philadelphia 76ers), 2009 SEC Player of the Year Marcus Thornton (Sacramento Kings), Garrett Temple (Washington Wizards) and Chris Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves).

AT STANFORD (2004-08)
Prior to his time at LSU, Johnson served four seasons as head coach at Stanford, where he formerly worked as an assistant from 1996-99. He became the only coach in program history to guide the Cardinal to the postseason in each of his first four seasons on The Farm, advancing to the NCAAs three times and the NIT in 2006.

In Johnson's four years in Palo Alto, the Cardinal compiled an overall record of 80-47, including a 45-27 mark in conference play.

Stanford's top season of Johnson's tenure came in his last campaign in 2007-08, when he took the Cardinal to the NCAA Sweet 16 as a No. 3 seed before finishing with a 28-8 overall record. He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading Stanford to a second-place finish in the league that year. Johnson's teams also reached NCAA Tournament play in 2005 and 2007.

Like at his other coaching stops, Johnson and his staff were able to churn out talented student-athletes year-after-year at Stanford, including future NBA standouts Brook and Robin Lopez. The Lopez twins became the first set of brothers ever selected in the opening round of the same NBA Draft when they were taken in the first 15 picks in 2008. Both big men still play in the NBA, Brook for the Brooklyn Nets and Robin for the New Orleans Hornets. Brook was named to the All-Star Team for the first time in 2013.

Landry Fields, a sophomore guard during the Cardinal's Sweet 16 run, was taken in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and currently plays for the Toronto Raptors.

AT NEVADA (1999-2004)
Johnson earned his first head coaching opportunity at Nevada in 1999, a decision that helped to revitalize a Wolf Pack program that had struggled prior to his hiring. A five-year transformation period followed culminating in Johnson leading the squad to a school-record 25 victories and the program's first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2004.

Nevada posted NCAA victories over Michigan State and Gonzaga on its run before being edged by national runner-up Georgia Tech. The team also tied for a share of the WAC regular-season crown for the first time in school history that same season before capturing the WAC Tournament Championship.

Johnson displayed his coaching and recruiting expertise as he transformed the Wolf Pack into a conference powerhouse and national contender. Prior to his arrival, the squad had made just two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history and never won an NCAA Tournament game. In 2003, he was named the WAC Coach of the Year when his team won 18 games, advanced to the championship of the WAC Tournament and received an NIT bid for the school's first postseason berth in six years.

Nevada's rise to prominence was aided by numerous recruiting successes, including a pair of players who reached the NBA in guard Kirk Snyder and forward Nick Fazekas. Snyder earned 2004 WAC Player of the Year honors in Johnson's final season in Reno prior to being selected in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fazekas, a freshman on Johnson's final Wolf Pack squad, was drafted in 2007 by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round.

EARLY CAREER
Prior to earning his first head coaching position, Johnson put together a long and successful career as an assistant. He emerged as a strong candidate to lead a program as a key figure on Mike Montgomery's staff at Stanford from 1996-99, when the Cardinal made an appearance in the 1998 NCAA Final Four and won the 1999 Pac-10 title.

As a Stanford assistant, Johnson contributed to the development and recruitment of some of the program's all-time greats, including future NBA players Brevin Knight, Mark Madsen, Casey Jacobsen and Jarron and Jason Collins.

Johnson joined the Stanford staff after working four years an assistant at Rice from 1993-96, helping the Owls to an NIT appearance. Among the players he tutored at Rice was current TCU assistant coach Brent Scott, who was a four-year All-Southwest Conference post player.

Other coaching stops on Johnson's resume include Washington (1989-92) and his first Division I coaching job at Utah (1986-89), where he first established his abilities as a top recruiter.

Johnson got his coaching start at the prep level, serving as an assistant coach at Boise High School from 1980-85.

Johnson played college basketball at Boise State (1974-78), finishing among the program's top-10 career leaders in both scoring and rebounding. 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 receive his degree in physical education in 1986.

OFF THE COURT
Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and has served on the NABC Special Committee on Recruiting and Access. He also has volunteered time to organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Louisiana Health and Rehab Center, Inc., the American Diabetes Association, Samaritan's Feet, Troops First and the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.

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

ABOUT TRENT JOHNSON

Years at TCU: 1
Overall as a Head Coach: 14
Birth Date: September 12, 1956
Birthplace: Berkeley, Calif.
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
High School: Franklin HS
College: Boise State ('86)
Wife: Jackie
Children: Tinishia, Terry

COLLEGE COACHING HISTORY
1986-89: Utah (Assistant Coach)
1989-92: Washington (Assistant Coach)
1992-96: Rice (Assistant Coach)
1996-99: Stanford (Assistant Coach)
1999-04: Nevada (Head Coach)
2004-08: Stanford (Head Coach)
2008-12: LSU (Head Coach)
2012-pres.: TCU (Head Coach)

TRENT JOHNSON YEAR-BY-YEAR

Year
School
Overall
Pct.
Conference
Pct.
Postseason
Notes
1999-00
Nevada
9-20
.310
6-10
.375
--
--
2000-01
Nevada
10-18
.357
3-13
.188
--
--
2001-02
Nevada
17-13
.567
9-9
.500
--
--
2002-03
Nevada
18-14
.563
11-7
.611
NIT 1st Round
--
2003-04
Nevada
25-9
.735
13-5
.722
NCAA Sweet 16
WAC Champs*^; WAC COY
Totals
Nevada
79-74
.516
42-44
.488
1 NCAA/1 NIT
2 titles/1 award

2004-05
Stanford
18-13
.581
11-7
.611
NCAA 1st Round
--
2005-06
Stanford
16-14
.533
11-7
.611
NIT 2nd Round
--
2006-07
Stanford
18-13
.581
10-8
.556
NCAA 1st Round
--
2007-08
Stanford
28-7
.800
13-5
.722
NCAA Sweet 16
Pac-10 COY
Totals
Stanford
80-47
.630
45-27
.625
3 NCAA/1 NIT
1 award

2008-09
LSU
27-8
.800
13-3
.813
NCAA 2nd Round
SEC Champs*; SEC COY
2009-10
LSU
11-20
.355
2-14
.125
--
--
2010-11
LSU
11-21
.344
3-13
.188
--
--
2011-12
LSU
18-15
.545
7-9
.438
NIT 1st Round
--
Totals
LSU
67-64
.511
25-39
.391
1 NCAA/1 NIT
1 title/1 award

2012-13
TCU
11-21
.344
2-16
.111
--
--
Totals
TCU
11-21
.344
2-16
.111
--
--

Career
4 Schools
237-206
.535
114-126
.475
5 NCAA/3 NIT
3 titles/3 awards

* Regular-season champion // ^ Tournament champion


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