Padgett announces addition to UofL coaching staff

Padgett announces addition to UofL coaching staff
Trent Johnson (Source: Michael Flynn, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 36 year veteran of college basketball coaching with 17 years as a head coach is the newest member of the University of Louisville's basketball staff.

Trent Johnson was introduced at a news conference this afternoon by UofL acting head coach David Padgett. Johnson, a native of Berkeley, CA who played at Boise State, has been the head coach at Nevada, Stanford, LSU and Texas Christian.

"Coach Johnson is highly experienced," Padgett said. "I've personally known him for a long time. He was the head coach at Nevada when his son and I played in high school together. He is going to bring a wealth of knowledge to our program. He's someone that I will be able to lean on and our players will be able to relate well to him. I think under the circumstances, I don't think that we could find a better hire."

Johnson filled the role vacated by Padgett, who was named acting head coach after Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave in the wake of the basketball bribery scandal.

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