Trent Johnson named Stanford coach
Reno, NV (Sports Network) – Trent Johnson left his head coaching position at
Nevada on Tuesday to take over the men’s basketball program at Stanford.
Nevada athletic director Cary Groth made the announcement at a morning news
Johnson replaces Mike Montgomery, who left the Cardinal for a head coaching
spot with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
“We want to thank Trent Johnson for everything he has done for Wolf Pack
basketball and the community,” said Groth. “We wish him nothing but the best
in the future.”
The 47-year-old Johnson was an assistant under Montgomery at Stanford before
leaving to take over with the Wolf Pack in 1999. His contract with Nevada
did not have a buyout clause, meaning the Wolf Pack will not be compensated.
Johnson turned down an offer to replace Rick Majerus at Utah and signed a
five-year contract with the Wolf Pack worth $450,000 annually in March after
leading the Nevada to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time
in school history. In five seasons at the helm, Johnson guided Nevada to a
“I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to the University of Nevada
and the community of Reno,” said Johnson. “The last five years, having the
opportunity to serve as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of
Nevada has been an unbelievable journey.”
The 2003-04 team finished with the best record in school history (25-9) and
upset Michigan State and Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament before losing to
national finalist Georgia Tech.
Johnson accepted the job at Nevada — his first head coaching stint — on
March 7, 1999.
Montgomery was recently named head coach of the Warriors after an 18-year
Cardinal career. He won 393 games and took Stanford to 12 NCAA
appearances with a 100 percent graduation rate among his scholarship athletes.