USAFA — Air Force men's basketball head coach Joe Scott has begun putting together his new staff for the Falcons.
His first hire is a familiar name in the coaching ranks in Sydney Johnson, as Johnson was named the associate head coach on Thursday to back up Scott.
“It is an honor for me to join Coach Scott at Air Force and to assist him in re-energizing a program that he has already had an historic impact on,” Johnson said in a press release Thursday. “I know firsthand Coach Scott’s unwavering commitment to instilling confidence, toughness and cohesion in his players and I look forward to supporting him in building those same core values in our Falcons. I am thrilled to represent the Academy and grateful for the opportunity to work with some of the finest student-athletes in the country.”
Johnson was the head coach at Fairfield University for eight seasons (2011-2019). He was fired fired following 9-22 record in his most recent season, and held a 116-147 record at the helm of the Stags.
Prior to his job at Fairfield, Johnson succeeded Scott as head coach of Princeton from 2007-2011, compiling a 66-53 record. The Tigers only NCAA Tournament appearance under Johnson came in 11, when Princeton lost in the opening round.
Johnson worked with Scott at Princeton from 1993 to 1997. He is the first hire under new Falcons head basketball coach Joe Scott.