Kevin Johnson Resigns as Gents Basketball Coach
Tuesday, March 1, 2005




Kevin Johnson

—Centenary Athletic Director Taylor Moore has announced the resignation of Kevin Johnson from the position of head men’s basketball coach at Centenary College of Louisiana. Johnson’s resignation comes after the conclusion of a disappointing 3-24 season in the Gents second year as a member of the Mid-Continent Conference.

 

“In April of 1999, Centenary College made a bold statement hiring me as the head men’s basketball coach and the first African-American head coach in the history of the college,” said Johnson. “I accepted the challenge and was convinced that with help, I could build a program that could win on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. In six years, I know we were successful in doing that.”

 

“At this time however, I feel like I have come to the end of a journey and it is time to look for some new challenges,” stated Johnson. “I certainly am thankful for all who helped our program in the last six years including faculty, staff, administrators, coaches, players, friends, and family.”

 

Johnson leaves Centenary after serving eight years as a member of the Centenary athletic family. He was hired under then coach Billy Kennedy as an assistant in 1997 and upon Kennedy’s departure in 1999, Johnson was promoted to the helm.

 

In six years as the Gents head coach, Johnson compiled a 65-100 record. He enjoyed three seasons of .500 or better basketball including a 16-12 mark in 2003-04. Johnson coached the Gents to a 50-17 record at home in the Gold Dome over his tenure which included a perfect 13-0 run just two years ago. He also coached the Division I scoring leader of 2001 in Ronnie McCollum.

 

“We have certainly enjoyed working with Kevin Johnson during the past several years,” said Moore. “He has brought our program from being an NCAA Independent to a member of the Mid-Continent Conference. While this past season has been frustrating for all of us, his record in the past speaks for itself through some very difficult scheduling times.”

 

Johnson coached Centenary through four years as an Independent after the school left the Trans America Athletic Conference (now the Atlantic Sun Conference) at the conclusion of the 1999 season. In his first season in the Mid-Con in 2003-04, he led the Gents to a second place, 10-6 league finish.

 

“All of us at Centenary wish Kevin and his family well as he pursues his future endeavors, either in or outside of athletics. Based on his track record, we know that he will be successful,” said Moore.

 

“Kevin Johnson is an accomplished coach who has performed admirably during his time at Centenary,” said Centenary President Kenneth Schwab. “Despite this year’s considerable challenges, Coach Johnson can look back upon his Centenary years with pride – both in the progress of the program and in many of its individual players. As he pursues future options, I wish him all the best.”

 

Moore also added that a national search for Johnson’s successor will begin immediately.

 

“It is my intent that we will have someone in place prior to the NCAA Final Four, which is scheduled for the first week of April,” stated Moore.