Wednesday , Mar , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Centenary coach resigns

Shreveport, LA (Sports Network) – Centenary head basketball coach Kevin
Johnson has announced his resignation after six years at the helm.

The Gents just completed a 3-24 season in their second year as a member of the
Mid-Continent Conference. They were just 1-15 in conference play and did not
qualify for the league tournament.

“In April of 1999, Centenary College made a bold statement hiring me as the
head men’s basketball coach and the first African-American head coach in the
history of the college,” said Johnson in a statement. “I accepted the
challenge and was convinced that with help, I could build a program that could
win on the court, in the classroom and in the community. In six years, I know
we were successful in doing that.

“At this time however, I feel like I have come to the end of a journey and it
is time to look for some new challenges. I certainly am thankful for all who
helped our program in the last six years including faculty, staff,
administrators, coaches, players, friends and family.”

Johnson spent two years as an assistant to Billy Kennedy, then was elevated to
the head coaching position in 1999. He compiled a record of 65-100 in six

“All of us at Centenary wish Kevin and his family well as he pursues his
future endeavors, either in or outside of athletics,” said athletic director
Taylor Moore. “Based on his track record, we know that he will be successful.”

Moore also added that a national search for Johnson’s predecessor will begin