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first season as the associate head coach at Louisiana Tech
after three seasons at LSU
that saw a Final Four appearance for the Tigers and a lottery-pick in Tyrus Thomas heading the NBA Draft.
Johnson came to LSU after six years as an assistant with the University of New Orleans Privateers working under Joey Stiebing and later, Monte Towe.
Prior to his tenure at UNO, Johnson was an assistant at Tennessee State in 1998 and at Duquesne from 1995-98.
Johnson also served as an assistant at Murray State from 1993-95 when the Racers won two Ohio Valley Conference championships and went on to play in the NIT and NCAA Tournament.
The 1993-94 Racer
team finished with an impressive 23-6 record.
As a junior college coach, Johnson helped lead Chipola to six conference titles under Coach Milton Johnson, the winningest coach in Florida junior college history.
New Louisiana Tech assistant coach Nikita Johnson coached Oluâ€™s brother, John, at NCAA Division I New Orleans several years ago.
Instead, DJ followed former LSU assistant coach Nikita Johnson to his new placement by committing to inner-state rival Louisiana Tech.
The first two assistants on Bob ...
The first two assistants on Bob Marlin's inaugural staff at the University of Louisiana were named Tuesday. Former Louisiana Tech assoicate head coach Nikita Johnson and former Oklahoma strength coach Darby Rich will coach alongside Marlin at UL beginning with the 2010-11 season.
Former Louisiana Tech assoicate head coach Nikita Johnson and former Oklahoma strength coach Darby Rich will coach alongside Marlin at UL beginning with the 2010-11 season.
Ragin' Cajuns head men's basketball coach Bob Marlin announced the first two members of his coaching staff on Tuesday, as Nikita Johnson and Darby Rich were named assistant coaches.
A 30-year veteran of the coaching profession, Johnson
has spent the last 12 years in the Louisiana basketball landscape.
comes to UL after spending the last three seasons as the associate head coach at Louisiana Tech
Coach Johnson is well respected both nationally and in-state."
on staff, Louisiana Tech
improved by nine wins in each of the last two seasons going from six wins in 2007-08 to 24 wins in 2009-10.
Last season, the Bulldogs received votes in the ESPN/USA Top 25 Poll and AP Top 25 Poll for the first time since 1991.
Prior to arriving at Louisiana Tech
was on John Brady's staff at LSU
for three seasons (2004-05 through 2006-07).
Before LSU, Johnson worked in the Sun Belt Conference at the University of New Orleans from 1998-2004.
helped the Privateers land four recruiting classes that received strong marks in the national ratings.
A graduate of the University of West Georgia and Chipola Junior College, Johnson served as an assistant coach at each of those schools, as well as Odessa (Texas) College before moving to the Division I level.
stepped onto the Division I scene as an assistant at Murray State
LSU assistant expected to be candidate for UNO job
BATON ROUGE -- LSU assistant men's basketball coach Nikita Johnson is expected to be a candidate for the head men's basketball coach opening at the University of New Orleans, officials at UNO and LSU said Monday."Nikita has an advantage because I know who he is," UNO athletic director Jim Miller said.
...Johnson was an assistant at UNO from 1998 through 2004 and worked for more than a year under Miller, who became athletic director in January, 2003.
has been at LSU
for the last two seasons after recruiting the nucleus of the current UNO team.
Monte Towe, who has been UNO's head coach the last five seasons, has said he
is going to become the associate head coach at North Carolina State, which recently hired former N.C. State player and Detroit Pistons assistant Sidney Lowe to be its head coach.
"No one has contacted me from UNO
, but off the top of my head I would say yes I would be interested," Johnson
said Monday night from his
office at LSU
."I'm very aware of a lot of things going on with the UNO
program, and I feel that I could have a great working relationship with the administration there."LSU
coach John Brady, who is a former UNO
assistant coach, said Monday afternoon that he
thought UNO would likely contact Johnson
and that Johnson
may be interested.
"But as of today, no one from UNO
has contacted me about Nikita Johnson
," Brady said.
Towe retained Johnson
from the staff of Joey Stiebing, who was fired after the 2000-01 season despite going 16-11 and winning Sun Belt coach of the year honors.
...Johnson recruited or helped recruit UNO's top returning players for the 2006-07 season -- 6-foot-0 junior guard Bo McCalebb of New Orleans, 6-10 junior center Ben Elias of Rickards High in Tallahassee, Fla., and 6-3 senior guard Jamie McNeilly of Toronto, Ontario.
...Before leaving for LSU after the 2003-04 season, Johnson also started the recruitment of incoming UNO freshman guard Jermonte Bush of Rickards High.
"I know UNO
is going through a lot of problems with the hurricane, but I think UNO
is going to be very good next year," Johnson
said."I think UNO
has a chance to win the conference."Johnson is also very close to UNO assistant coach Andy Colville, who is the former head coach at Rickards High.
...Colville played for Johnson at Chipola Junior Collge in Florida, where Johnson was an assistant coach from 1989-91.
"Even after I left, I wanted UNO
to do well," Johnson
said."I put six years of my life there.
asked."Without a doubt."
With the paperwork finalized, new UL ...
With the paperwork finalized, new UL men's basketball coach Bob Marlin named Nikita Johnson and Darby Rich as assistant coaches on Tuesday.
A 30-year coaching veteran, Johnson has spent the past 12 years as a college coach in Louisiana with the previous three seasons as the associate head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Hoop Scoop recently ranked Johnson
as the nation's 97th-best assistant coach.
won 24 games this past season - the most for the program since 1985.
Before going to Ruston, Johnson was an assistant for three years at LSU under John Brady.
The Tigers advanced to the Final Four during his
second season there in 2005-06.
helped develop Tyrus Thomas into a future NBA lottery pick.
Johnson also worked in the Sun Belt Conference at the University of New Orleans from 1998-2004, helping the Privateers secure four recruiting classes that received national accolades.
A graduate of Chipola Junior College and University of West Georgia, Johnson was an assistant at six other schools before coming to Louisiana.
That includes Chipola Junior College
(1981-87, '89-91), University of West Georgia
(1987-89), Odessa College
(1991-93), Murray State (1993-95), Duquesne (1995-98) and Tennessee State (1998).
coached Thomas as well as current NBA players Brandon Bass, Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Anthony Randolph at LSU
and Mike James at Duquesne.