Assistant coach, recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson leaving Indiana

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Indiana assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson is leaving the program for an assistant coaching job at Louisville, according to multiple reports late Monday evening.

The news was first reported by Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports.

Johnson, who came to Bloomington from Towson in May of 2012, spent two seasons with the program.

A native of Oxon Hill, Md., Johnson was the associate head coach at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia for four years prior to joining the Towson staff.

His strong ties to the east coast helped Indiana over the last two years on the recruiting trail as the Hoosiers landed commitments from Max Hoetzel, Noah Vonleh, Robert Johnson, Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams.

According to multiple media reports, Johnson also attracted interest for assistant coaching vacancies at Maryland and Virginia Tech.

He replaces Kevin Keatts, who was hired as the head coach at UNC-Wilmington, on the Louisville staff.

Johnson’s departure is just the third by an assistant coach since Tom Crean took over in April 2008. Roshown McLeod was dismissed in March of 2010 and Bennie Seltzer was hired by Samford in April of 2012.

Update (Wednesday, 11:45 a.m.): Indiana just released a statement from Crean regarding the departure of Johnson:

“We appreciate all that Kenny Johnson added to the Indiana basketball program over the last two years and we value his friendship. We have loved having Kenny, Doreen, Amare, and Mekai as part of the Indiana family. I was always hopeful Kenny would not leave until he became a head coach, but I think this offer was too big to turn down. We have a lot of history together and he leaves with our support and appreciation for a job well done.”

  • Bled4IU

    What is it that people are saying Vonleh said? Asking because i didn’t hear this and am curious.

  • SCHoosier

    Amen to that..but we’ll have to get back to less roster turnover..and solid players in each class level to make that happen IMO. (u can also throw in a 5-star of two if you feel like it:)

  • Bled4IU

    pay raise and head assistant is a better opportunity anywhere!

  • TedHightowerSucks

    Sad to think about it that way but you’re probably right. Still love the guy and NO FOUL! haha

  • TedHightowerSucks

    Same situation as Hollowell – all year it’s “He’s terrible!” Then he transfers and the same ppl are saying the sky is falling. IU’s team and commenters lacked consistency this year LOL

  • Alford Bailey

    200k to sit three seats down from Crean. I’m in the wrong business. Just how much $$ do we have sitting on that bench?

  • Snookafly

    What’s your name?

  • Snookafly

    Or he could just point to the shiny new banner, and ask them if they want to win another one.

  • Gregory Spera

    “I was always hopeful Kenny would not leave until he became a head coach, but I think this offer was too big to turn down.”

    I guess it was the $. Just one more sign that makes it look like IU can’t compete with the top shelf programs anymore, I guess.

  • Snookafly

    Yeah, I think we’re #5 on the list of most valuable college basketball programs, but Louisville is worth close to TWICE as much.

  • Gregory Spera

    More than one article suggested that it was a bidding war between Louisville and Maryland. But then recruiting is probably 75% of your success in CBB, so Pitino wants the best and is willing to pay for it.

  • FinEndNow

    the line between half court and the 3pt line. you’ll see it on high school courts.

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