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- • Slaughter leads Wilson School’s growing international influence
- • McPhee reveals how the pieces go together
- • Shroff selected as chief audit and compliance officer
- • Harvey named general manager for safety and administration
- • Johnson named men’s basketball
- • New campus notification system enhances emergency preparedness
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Johnson named men’s basketball
Princeton NJ — Sydney Johnson, a 1997 Princeton graduate and former Ivy League Player of the Year who as an assistant coach helped lead Georgetown University to this year’s NCAA Final Four, has been named the Franklin C. Cappon-Edward G. Green ’40 Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at Princeton.
“As a player at Princeton, Sydney Johnson was the embodiment of heart, passion, class and dignity,” said Gary Walters, director of athletics. “We are delighted that he will bring those same qualities back to Princeton as our head men’s basketball coach.”
“I had a lot of excitement and nervous energy when I accepted the position, but that has quickly turned into a feeling of relaxation of knowing that this is the right place to be,” Johnson said. “It’s great to be here, and the challenge now will be to move forward.”
Johnson, the only three-time captain in Princeton history, was the 1997 Ivy League Player of the Year and a 1996 and 1997 first-team All-Ivy League selection. He played professional basketball for seven seasons in Italy and Spain before joining John Thompson III’s coaching staff at Georgetown in 2004.
“Sydney is a star as a person and as a basketball coach,” said Thompson, a 1988 Princeton graduate who was an assistant coach at the University during Johnson’s junior and senior seasons.
Johnson was a four-year starter who is considered one of the finest all-around players in team history. He ranks in the top five at Princeton all-time in steals, assists and three-point shots and is also one of 26 1,000-point scorers in team history.
Johnson replaces Joe Scott, who resigned March 20 to become the head coach at the University of Denver.