Trent Johnson

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Trent Johnson
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team TCU
Biographical details
Born (1956-09-12) September 12, 1956 (age 59)
Berkeley, California
Playing career
1974–1978 Boise State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1985 Boise HS
1986–1989 Utah (asst.)
1989–1992 Washington (asst.)
1992–1996 Rice (asst.)
1996–1999 Stanford (asst.)
1999–2004 Nevada
2004–2008 Stanford
2008–2012 LSU
2012–present TCU
Accomplishments and honors
WAC Tournament Championship (2004)
WAC Regular Season Championship (2004)
SEC Regular Season Championship (2009)
WAC Coach of the Year (2003)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2008)
SEC Coach of the Year (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 head coach at TCU on April 9, 2012. Johnson has previously been the head coach at Louisiana State University, Stanford University, and University of Nevada.[1]


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.[2]

Off The Court[edit]

Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and has served on the NABC Special Committee on Recruiting and Access. He also has volunteered time to organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Louisiana Health and Rehab Center, Inc., the American Diabetes Association, Samaritan’s Feet, Troops First, Hope Farm Inc., Coaches Versus Cancer and the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.

Coach of the Year Honors[edit]

Johnson has garnered Coach of the Year honors in three different leagues. He was the 2003 WAC Coach of the Year, 2008 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the 2009 SEC Coach of the Year.

Championship Honors[edit]

2004 WAC Regular Season Championship
2004 WAC Tournament Championship
2009 SEC Regular Season Championship

NBA Success[edit]

Johnson has had 15 student-athletes go on to NBA careers between his stops at LSU, Stanford and Nevada. In all, Johnson has coached first round draft picks in Brook and Robin Lopez, Kirk Snyder, Jason Collins and Brevin Knight.

Johnson’s NBA Players (Recruited or Coached By)

Justin Hamilton
Chris Johnson
Landry Fields
Marcus Thornton
Garrett Temple
Brook Lopez
Robin Lopez
Nick Fazekas
Kirk Snyder
Jarron Collins
Jason Collins
Brevin Knight
Curtis Borchardt
Casey Jacobsen
Johnny O’Bryant III

Coaching Tree Success[edit]

Johnson entered this past season with the fifth-longest active coaching tree in the NCAA with five of his former assistants garnering NCAA Division I heading coaching jobs: David Carter (Nevada), Mark Fox (Georgia), Eric Reveno (Portland), Keith Richard (Louisiana-Monroe) and Nick Robinson (Southern Utah).


On April 6, 2012, Trent Johnson agreed in principle to become head coach at Texas Christian University. In his three years at TCU, Johnson has recorded Big 12 victories over Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Individually, Johnson has helped guard Kyan Anderson rack up honors, including all-conference accolades the past two seasons, to go along with all-district accolades in 2014-15.

In his first season at TCU, Johnson recorded 11 victories, including four wins over eventual post-season tournament teams. TCU raced out to a 9-4 record, the Horned Frogs top non-conference record since 2004-05. During the 2012-13 campaign, Johnson helped the Frogs defeat then No. 5 Kansas in front of an arena record 7,412 spectators. It marked the first win in program history over a top-5 opponent. TCU closed out the regular-season dropping NCAA Tournament-bound Oklahoma, who at that point was receiving votes in both national polls.

In 2013-14, TCU was dealt with a series of injuries, which forced the Frogs to end the year with only one player over 6-foot-7. Despite all of that, the Purple and White were competitive in every contest and garnered victories over three NCAA Tournament teams. The Frogs also downed Mississippi State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Johnson helped Anderson earned all-conference accolades by both the coaches and AP. He closed the year, ranking in the top-10 in the Big 12 in scoring and assists, while averaging 17 points per contest.

The 2014-15 campaign saw TCU become one of only six teams in the entire nation to start the year 13-0 joining only Kentucky, Duke, Virginia, Villanova and Colorado State. With its 13-0 start, which was the best start in program history, Johnson’s TCU squad posted the No. 9 best start in the Big 12 all-time.

The Purple and White were ranked No. 25 in the AP Top 25 prior to the start of conference play, which hadn’t happened in Fort Worth since 1998-99. TCU was receiving votes in either poll, beginning in week four [Dec. 1] till week 10 (Jan. 12). As of Feb. 2, TCU was still receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll, which hadn’t happened that late in the season in over 10 years.

During the course of the 2014-15 campaign, the Horned Frogs defeated eventual NCAA Tournament teams, Ole Miss on the road and Oklahoma State at home. For most of the year, the Frogs did it with defense, ranking in the top-50 nationally in blocks per game, field goal percentage defense and total blocks.

Playing in the No. 1 rated conference in the entire country, TCU battled a total of 12 ranked opponents in 18 games to end the season. During that stretch, the Horned Frogs defeated No. 21 Oklahoma State, Texas Tech twice and Kansas State, while taking NCAA Tournament bound Baylor and West Virginia to overtime before eventually falling. The Frogs closed the season, picking up a win over Kansas State in the opening round of the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship before falling to then No. 9 Kansas in the quarterfinals, 64-59. Individually, Anderson, who ranked No. 7 in the Big 12 in scoring and fourth overall in assists, had another banner year under Johnson as he once again earned all-league accolades, while picking up all-district honors. Fellow senior Trey Zeigler, who closed the season scoring 20 points in his final game against Kansas, picked up Newcomer of the Week honors after helping TCU record its third-straight win at home over a league foe late in the season, scoring 15 points in a 71-54 victory over Texas Tech.

Recruiting Success[edit]

Johnson has helped TCU make headways on the recruiting forefront recording some of the top-classes in school history. In his first season in Fort Worth, Johnson landed Karviar Shepherd, the highest rated prospect to ever sign with TCU. Shepherd was ranked as high as the No. 3 rated center nationally coming out of high school. Brandon Parrish, the first player to commit to Johnson, was rated as the nation’s No. 27 rated shooting guard in the country and the No. 15 overall rated prospect in the state of Texas. The 2013-14 class was highlighted by guard Chauncey Collins and forward Kenrich Williams. Collins, The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year, became the first player in homeschool history to twice be named Homeschool National Player of the Year. Williams came to TCU from New Mexico Junior College and made an immediate impact for the Frogs as he totaled 15 double-digit outings in his first year in a Horned Frog uniform, while ranking in the top-10 in league play in rebounding overall and offensive rebounds. He was named the tournament MVP of the Corpus Christi Classic and recorded a career-high 16 rebounds in a win over Texas Tech in the last month of the regular-season.

Johnson has also had success with transfers at TCU as both Trey Zeigler and Chris Washburn had huge impacts on the program during the 2014-15 season. Zeigler scored in double-figures in 13 Big 12 games and closed the year, scoring 20 points twice against Kansas. Washburn should have a huge impact on the TCU program moving forward after ending the year scoring 16 and 10 points, respectively, against Kansas State and Kansas at the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. He finished the season ranking in the top-10 in the Big 12 steals, defensive rebounds and blocks.


In five seasons as head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack, Johnson helped establish a 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.


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. In 2007-08, Johnson guided the Cardinal to the NCAA 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 was officially named the 20th head coach of the LSU Tigers men's basketball team.[3] Johnson would go on to win the SEC COY award[4] 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. Johnson's overall record as a head coach is 208–170 (.568).

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Nevada (Big West Conference/Western Athletic Conference) (1999–2004)
1999–00 Nevada 9–20 6–10 T–3rd (East)
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) 41–43 (.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 18–15 4–14 9th
2015–16 TCU 9-6 1–2
TCU: 47-64 (.429) 7–50 (.071)
Total: 262–232 (.530)

      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


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