Athletics & Recreation

Erik Johnson named head coach of women’s b-ball

Boston College assistant coach Erik Johnson has been named the 10th head coach of the University of Denver women’s basketball program, athletics Vice Chancellor Peg Bradley-Doppes announced April 30.

“Erik comes highly regarded to DU and is a student of the game,” Bradley-Doppes said. He’s a strong recruiter and has a very high basketball IQ. He shares our vision and passion of DU becoming the premier women’s basketball program in the Rocky Mountain region.”

“I am excited to join the DU family as head coach of the women’s basketball program,” Johnson said. “My family and I are anxious to get started on the next era of DU women’s basketball.”

Johnson comes to DU after serving as an assistant coach at Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the past three seasons. While at BC, Johnson assisted head coach Cathy Ingeles as the Eagles advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006 and finished with a 21–11 record. Johnson alsohelped guide a young 2007–08 BC team to a 21–12 record and to the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

While at Boston College, Johnson worked closely with the guards and perimeter players, assisted with recruiting, developed defensive strategy and broke down post-game film.

Before spending three seasons at BC, Johnson spent seven seasons as a member of the coaching staff at the University of San Diego of the West Coast Conference (WCC), first as an assistant (1998–2002) and then as associate head coach (2002–05).

While with the Toreros, Johnson specialized in player development with a focus on post players. He was also responsible for coordinating all aspects of recruiting, scouting opponents and fundraising.

During his time there, San Diego won the 2000 WCC title and appeared in the subsequent NCAA Tournament.

Prior to his post in San Diego, Johnson was a volunteer assistant (1994–95) and assistant (1995–98) at the University of Rhode Island. While there, the Rams were the 1996 Atlantic 10 East Division Champions and appeared in that year’s NCAA tournament.

Johnson graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 1994 with a degree in psychology and a minor in teaching. He helped the Tritons to three NCAA Division III Tournaments, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in the 1990–91 season.

He received a master’s degree in adult education with an area of specialization in physical education from the University of Rhode Island in 1997.

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