April 25, 2007

Princeton Hires Sydney Johnson As New Basketball Coach

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Monday, Princeton hired its 28th basketball coach in program history when it handed the reigns over to Sydney Johnson. Johnson, a 1997 Princeton graduate, will take over for Joe Scott, who left his position as head coach to take the head coaching job at the University of Denver.
Johnson was a stalwart of the Tiger basketball teams in the mid-nineties. He was the only ever three-year captain, while being honored as Ivy League Player of the Year his senior season.
After graduating, Johsnon played professionally overseas in both Italy and Spain for seven years. In 2004, however, fellow Princeton alum John Thompson III lured him to be an assistant under him at Georgetown. After helping lead the Hoyas to the Final Four this year, Johnson decided to leave for Princeton.
“I’m a big-picture person,” Johnson said on Monday in a press conference. “My ‘big picture’ is how we approach every single day. I think highly of this university and this program. I want to impress upon our young men things about our program and the great tradition here and how we’ll work hard every day as a group. I want tomorrow to be better than today and if we can follow that, the rest will follow.”