University of Alabama names Avery Johnson new men’s basketball coach

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The University of Alabama has officially named Avery Johnson head coach of the men’s basketball team.

“Coach Johnson has an impressive record from the professional ranks, as both a player and a head coach,” said UA Athletic Director Bill Battle in a written statement. “His personal history is a testament to what character, enthusiasm, perseverance, talent and intelligence can do. He has shown fortitude and skill in every opportunity.”

Battle said that he is excited about having Johnson as part of the Crimson Tide family, and believes he will set an example to student-athletes in all areas on and off the court.

“I am confident that Avery will provide our student-athletes with the best qualities of leadership: commitment, hard work, enthusiasm, poise, confidence, and pride,” Battle said.

In addition to playing for the National Basketball Association for 14 years, Johnson was also head coach of the Dallas Mavericks and the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets. Johnson coached the Mavericks from 2005 to 2008, and the Nets from 2010-2012. This will be Johnson’s first collegiate coaching job.


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