Former Blue Hen Point Guard Brian Johnson Named Goldey-Beacom Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach
July 6, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- Former University of Delaware point guard Brian Johnson has joined the Goldey-Beacom College men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant, Lightning head coach Chuck Hammond announced Wednesday.
Johnson was a major contributor during his five seasons at Delaware and started all 94 games during his first three years in Newark, tied for the longest streak of consecutive starts in UD history along with Jawan Carter. Johnson missed the entire 2009-10 season after suffering a knee injury but bounced back this past year to appear in the final 28 games while averaging 3.8 points per contest.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to coach athletes and learn from Coach Hammond,” said Johnson, who graduated from Delaware in January with a degree in sociology. “So far he’s been a great teacher, and I’ve soaked up so much knowledge already in a short time. He’s somebody the University of Delaware coaching staff respects a lot, and I really look forward to working with him.”
A native of Annapolis, Md., Johnson ranks second in Blue Hen history with 3,978 minutes played, third with 510 assists, tied for eighth with 135 three-pointers made, and 26th with 1,017 points. He became the 28th player in UD history to reach the 1,000-point plateau with a free throw in the final minute of his last home game at Delaware, an 80-70 Senior Night triumph over Towson.
“We are very excited to bring Brian to Goldey-Beacom,” Hammond said. “Under the guidance of Coach [Monté] Ross, Brian has learned, over the past five years, the dedication and hard work it takes to be successful at the highest level. He will be a great addition to our staff, working with our guys on and off the floor.”
“This is a great opportunity for Brian,” said Ross, who signed Johnson as his first recruit after getting hired in the spring of 2006. “He always was a coach on the floor for us, so it’s natural for him to move into the coaching profession. Brian will do well in his coaching career since he has a great understanding of the game, as well as a history of working with people and helping them succeed.”