Sydney Johnson named men's basketball coach

April 20, 2007 3:10 p.m.
Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson Photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

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 Princeton men's basketball coach.

Johnson, 32, will be introduced as head coach at a press conference at noon Monday, April 23, in the Class of 1956 Lounge at Princeton Stadium. A free live video stream of the press conference will be available at

"As a player at Princeton, Sydney Johnson was the embodiment of heart, passion, class and dignity," said Gary Walters, Princeton's 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 has been an assistant coach at Georgetown since 2004.

The full story can be found on the Department of Athletics website.