Trent Johnson

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Trent Johnson
Current position
TitleBasketball Anaylst
Biographical details
Born (1956-09-12) September 12, 1956 (age 63)
Berkeley, California
Playing career
1974–1978Boise State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1985Boise HS
1986–1989Utah (assistant)
1989–1992Washington (assistant)
1992–1996Rice (assistant)
1996–1999Stanford (assistant)
2017–2018Louisville (assistant)
2019–PresentCalifornia (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall276–264 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
WAC Tournament (2004)
WAC regular season (2004)
SEC regular season (2009)
SEC Coach of the Year (2009)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2008)
WAC Coach of the Year (2003)
Nevada Hall of Fame (2013)

Trent Aubrey Johnson (born September 12, 1956) is an American college basketball coach who is currently an assistant coach at California. Johnson had previously been the head coach at Texas Christian University, Louisiana State University, Stanford University, and University of Nevada.

Early life and education[edit]

Johnson was born in Berkeley, California. He graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle, Washington in 1974 and played at Boise State University from 1974 to 1978. He received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Boise State in 1983.[1]

Coaching career[edit]


The University of Nevada, Reno hired Johnson as head coach for Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball on March 7, 1999.[2] This culminated in the 2003–04 season, when Johnson guided the Wolf Pack to a 25–9 record and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985. Led by stars Kirk Snyder, Marcelus Kemp, and Nick Fazekas, Nevada defeated Michigan State and Gonzaga in the opening rounds of the tournament, before falling to eventual tournament runner-up Georgia Tech in the Sweet 16.[3]


Stanford University hired Johnson as head coach of Cardinal men's basketball on May 25, 2004.[1][4] In his four seasons at Stanford, Trent Johnson had a record of 80–48 (.625). He led the Cardinal to three appearances in the NCAA tournament and one NIT appearance. Johnson's 2007–08 team advanced to the Sweet 16 as a No. 3 seed before finishing with a 28–8 overall record. He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year following the regular season. Johnson's teams also reached NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2007.


On April 10, 2008, Johnson left Stanford and was named the 20th head coach of LSU Tigers men's basketball.[5] Johnson would go on to win the SEC Coach of the Year award during his first season after compiling a 13–3 regular season record and outright SEC regular season title. His 26–7 overall record, along with the SEC title, would be enough to earn his team its first NCAA tournament berth since 2006.[6] The next two years resulted in poor finishes with 11–20 records both seasons. The 2011–12 season was better as LSU finished 18–14 and received an NIT bid.


Johnson resigned as head coach at LSU to be named head coach at Texas Christian University (TCU) on April 9, 2012, heading into TCU's inaugural season in the Big 12 Conference after moving from the Mountain West Conference.[7]

In four seasons, Johnson went 50–79 at TCU, and his teams never finished higher than ninth in the Big 12.[8] TCU went winless in Big 12 play in the 2013–14 season.[7] However, Johnson's tenure at TCU included some upsets of top-25 teams, including a 62–55 home upset of #5 Kansas on February 6, 2013.[7] In the 2014–15 season, TCU began the season 13–0 and made the 25th spot on the AP Poll for the week of December 22, for the program's first top-25 ranking in 16 years.[7][9] TCU finished 18–15 that season after going 4–14 in Big 12 play.[9] This would be Johnson's only winning season at TCU.[8]

On March 13, 2016, TCU fired Johnson.[10]


On October 11, 2017 the University of Louisville hired Johnson to fill the assistant coach opening created by new Louisville head coach David Padgett's promotion.

Trent Johnson signed a nine-month contract to join David Padgett's interim staff. Louisville will pay Johnson $300,000 in salary in a deal that runs through June 30, the customary last day of men's basketball contracts at Louisville.

Johnson was not retained as assistant coach by new head coach Chris Mack following the season.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Nevada Wolf Pack (Big West Conference) (1999–2000)
1999–00 Nevada 9–20 6–10 T–3rd (East)
Nevada Wolf Pack (Western Athletic Conference) (2000–2004)
2000–01 Nevada 10–18 3–13 9th
2001–02 Nevada 17–13 9–9 T–5th
2002–03 Nevada 18–14 10–6 T–3rd NIT First Round
2003–04 Nevada 25–9 13–5 T–1st NCAA Division I Sweet 16
Nevada: 79–74 (.516) 41–43 (.488)
Stanford Cardinal (Pacific-10 Conference) (2004–2008)
2004–05 Stanford 18–13 11–7 T–3rd NCAA Division I First Round
2005–06 Stanford 16–14 11–7 T–4th NIT Second Round
2006–07 Stanford 18–13 10–8 6th NCAA Division I First Round
2007–08 Stanford 28–8 13–5 2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
Stanford: 80–48 (.625) 45–27 (.625)
LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference) (2008–2012)
2008–09 LSU 27–8 13–3 1st NCAA Division I Second Round
2009–10 LSU 11–20 2–14 6th (West)
2010–11 LSU 11–20 3–13 6th (West)
2011–12 LSU 18–14 7–9 8th NIT First Round
LSU: 67–62 (.519) 25–39 (.391)
TCU Horned Frogs (Big 12 Conference) (2012–2016)
2012–13 TCU 11–21 2–16 10th
2013–14 TCU 9–22 0–18 10th
2014–15 TCU 18–15 4–14 9th
2015–16 TCU 12–21 2–16 10th
TCU: 50–79 (.388) 8–64 (.111)
Total: 276–264 (.511)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b Ortiz, Jorge L. (May 26, 2004). "Stanford goes with 'everyman'". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on June 19, 2004.
  2. ^ "Trent Johnson". Nevada Wolf Pack. 2004. Archived from the original on April 2, 2004. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Ratto, Ray (2004-03-20). "Nevada busts onto NCAA scene". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 14, 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
  4. ^ "Trent Johnson". Stanford University. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "LSU Names Trent Johnson 20th Men's Basketball Head Coach". April 10, 2008.
  6. ^ "Trent Johnson". Louisiana State University. October 5, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d "Trent Johnson". TCU. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Trent Johnson". Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "2014-15 Texas Christian Horned Frogs Schedule and Results - College Basketball at". College Basketball at
  10. ^ Goodman, Jeff. "TCU fires coach Trent Johnson". ESPN. Retrieved March 13, 2016.

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