Trent Johnson

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Trent Johnson
Trent Johnson LSU.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team TCU
Record 32-43
Biographical details
Born (1956-09-12) September 12, 1956 (age 58)
Berkeley, California
Playing career
1974–1978 Boise State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Boise HS
Utah (asst.)
Washington (asst.)
Rice (asst.)
Stanford (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 258–227 (.532)
Accomplishments and honors
WAC Tournament Championship (2004)
WAC Regular Season Championship (2004)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2008)
SEC Regular Season Championship (2009)

Trent Aubrey Johnson (born September 12, 1956) is an American college basketball coach and the head coach of the TCU Horned Frogs basketball team. Johnson was officially named coach on April 9, 2012, to replace Jim Christian, who resigned to accept the head coach position at the Ohio University.[1] Johnson has previously been the head coach at Louisiana State University, Stanford University, and University of Nevada.[2]


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.[3]

Coaching career[edit]


In five seasons as head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack, Johnson helped establish an unprecedented level of success for the program. This culminated in the 2003–04 season, when Johnson guided the Wolf Pack to a 25-9 record and its first NCAA Division I 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.


Stanford University athletic director Ted Leland had long been impressed with Johnson, a former Stanford assistant, and kept him in mind if Mike Montgomery ever decided to move on. Less than a week after Montgomery quit to coach the NBA's Golden State Warriors, Johnson was hired to lead the Cardinal.[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 tournament appearance. Johnson's 2007–08 team advanced to the Sweet 16.


On April 10, 2008, Johnson was officially named the 20th head coach of the LSU Tigers men's basketball team.[5] With the hiring, Johnson became the first African American head coach of a men's sports team at LSU. Johnson would go on to win the SEC COY award[6] during his first season after compiling a 13–3 regular season record to win the conference title outright. His 26–7 overall record, along with the SEC title, would be enough to earn his team its first NCAA tournament berth since 2006. The next two seasons were not nearly as successful, winning a combined 5 conference games and going 11-20 in both years.

Johnson's overall record as a head coach is 208–170 (.568).


On April 6, 2012, Johnson agreed in principle to become Texas Christian University's new men's head basketball coach. Johnson will lead the TCU Horned Frogs into their first season in the Big 12 Conference.[7] On November 9, 2012, Trent Johnson earned his first victory as TCU head coach by defeating Cal Poly 53-46. Johnson then led the Horned Frogs to their first Big 12 victory, and first win over a top 5 ranked team, when they defeated #5 Kansas 62-55 on February 6, 2013.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Nevada (Big West Conference) (1999–2000)
1999–00 Nevada 9–20 6–10 T–3rd (East)
Nevada: 6–10 (.375)
Nevada (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 Sweet 16
Nevada: 79–74 (.516) 35–33 (.515)
Stanford (Pacific-10 Conference) (2004–2008)
2004–05 Stanford 18–13 11–7 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2005–06 Stanford 16–14 11–7 T–4th NIT Second Round
2006–07 Stanford 18–13 10–8 6th NCAA First Round
2007–08 Stanford 28–8 13–5 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
Stanford: 80–48 (.625) 45–27 (.625)
LSU (Southeastern Conference) (2008–2012)
2008–09 LSU 27–8 13–3 1st NCAA 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 (Big 12 Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 TCU 11–21 2–16 10th
2013–14 TCU 9–22 0–18 10th
2014–15 TCU 14–10 1–10
TCU: 36-48 (.429) 3–39 (.071)
Total: 262–232 (.530)

      National 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


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