Avery DeWitt Johnson is an American basketball coach, the former head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team. Johnson spent 16 years in the National Basketball Association as a player, subsequently served as the head coach of two NBA teams: the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, he led the Mavericks to three consecutive 50 + win seasons. During his playing days, Johnson was known as the "Little General" for his small stature, his leadership skills as a point guard, his close friendship with former San Antonio Spurs teammate David Robinson - himself nicknamed "The Admiral" based on his tenure at the Naval Academy; as a high school senior in 1983, Johnson led New Orleans' St. Augustine High School to a 35–0 record and the Class 4A Louisiana State Championship. Johnson matriculated at New Mexico Junior College before moving on to Cameron University, Southern University, at which in his senior season in 1988 he led NCAA Division I with 13.3 assists per game, an all-time record.
In that season, he averaged 11.4 points per game, making him the first men's Division I player to average double figures in points and assists in the same season—a feat, not duplicated until Jason Brickman of LIU Brooklyn did so in 2013–14. Upon graduation in 1988, Johnson was not selected in the NBA draft. Johnson spent the summer of 1988 with Palm Beach Stingrays of the United States Basketball League. In 43 games, Johnson averaged 1.7 assists as a reserve. Johnson played in six playoff games for the Stingrays. In the 1989–90 season, Johnson played 53 games with 10 starts for the Seattle SuperSonics, he made 18 assists on January 1990 against the Miami Heat. On October 24, 1990, the SuperSonics traded Johnson to the Denver Nuggets for a conditional pick in the 1997 NBA draft. After playing 21 games, Johnson was waived from the Nuggets in December before signing with the San Antonio Spurs on January 17, 1991. Johnson played 47 games with seven starts for the Spurs and averaged 9.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists.
In the beginning of the 1991–92 season, Johnson played 20 games and averaged 5.0 points and 6.8 assists for the Spurs before being waived in December. On January 10, 1992, Johnson signed the first of several 10-day contracts with the Houston Rockets that preceded a longer-term contract. Johnson scored a then-career-high 22 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 28. Signed as an unrestricted free agent, Johnson returned to the Spurs on November 19, 1992. Promoted to starter, Johnson averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 7.5 assists and improved his field goal percentage to.502 in 75 games. In the playoffs, Johnson averaged 8.1 assists. Johnson signed with the Golden State Warriors on October 25, 1993 and was named team captain just nine days into his signing. Starting 70 of 82 games, Johnson reached a new career high 10.9 points per game along with 5.3 assists per game. Johnson is best known for his time with the Spurs from 1994 to 2001, his integral role on the 1998–99 Spurs team that won the NBA championship against the New York Knicks.
Most notably, Johnson made the go-ahead, championship-clinching shot in Game 5 on a jumper with 47 seconds remaining in the game. The Spurs retired Johnson's number 6 on December 22, 2007, he was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame on February 20, 2009. On July 19, 2001, Johnson signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets. Johnson played 51 games with the Nuggets and averaged 9.4 points, 1.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists. The Nuggets traded Johnson and three other players to the Dallas Mavericks on February 21, 2002. Johnson played 17 games all as a reserve with the Mavericks for the rest of the season. In the 2002–03 season, Johnson played in 48 games as a reserve for the Mavericks, averaging 9.0 minutes per game. Johnson ended his NBA career in the 2003–04 season back with the Golden State Warriors, he played 46 games with one start and averaged 4.6 points, 0.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists. On October 28, 2004, Johnson retired from playing and signed as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks under Don Nelson.
Johnson had played under Nelson from 2001 to 2003, it was understood from the beginning that he was being groomed to succeed Nelson as head coach. His transition from assistant to head coach came five months on March 19, 2005, after Nelson resigned. Under Johnson, the Mavericks closed out the 2004–05 season with a 16–2 run and a first-round playoff victory over the Houston Rockets, before being eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the playoffs. Johnson was named the April 2005 NBA Coach of the Month, only one month after becoming a head coach for the first time; the 2005–06 season was more successful for Johnson and was marked by a series of milestones. In November 2005, Johnson won his second NBA Coach of the Month award, making him the first NBA coach to win the award in his first two months as a head coach. On January 28, 2006, when the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz, Johnson's record as head coach improved to 50–12, making Johnson the fastest coach to reach 50 wins.
In February 2006, he was chosen to coach the 2006 NBA All-Star team for the Western Conference. Although Johnson led the Mavericks to the second-best record in the Western Conference, the team entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the West due to the structure of the 2006 NBA Playoffs seeding. In April 2006, Johnson was rewarded for his success throughout the season with the 2006 NBA Coach of the Year Award. In June 2006, after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, the
Lamont Smith (basketball)
Allen Lamont Smith is an American former college basketball coach, most an assistant coach at the University of Texas at El Paso for the UTEP Miners men's basketball team. He was the head coach at his alma mater University of San Diego, which he left in March 2018. Smith resigned from UTEP in March 2019 after the University of San Diego revealed that Smith was accused of accepting a bribe in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal. Born and raised in The Colony, Smith played for the San Diego Toreros from 1995 to 1999, he earned team defensive player of the year honors in 1997 and 1999. Smith graduated from the University of San Diego in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in communications. Smith began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Saint Louis, he was an assistant coach at Saint Mary's from 2001 to 2007, when he took an assistant gig at Santa Clara University. Smith was at Santa Clara for one season, he left to fill an assistant position at Arizona State. At Arizona State, he helped develop James Harden and the Sun Devils experienced two 20-win seasons in his four years with the team.
Smith became an assistant coach at the University of Washington in 2012 and spent one season on the bench with the Huskies. From 2013 to 2015 Smith served as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico. On April 1, 2015, Smith was hired as head coach of the San Diego Toreros, he takes over for the fired Bill Grier. "We're irrelevant right now in terms of basketball in this city," said Smith. San Diego went 9–21 in his first season of 2015–16 and improved to 13–18 in 2016–17; as of the last game he coached on February 24, 2018, San Diego was 18–12, the most successful record during his tenure. San Diego placed Smith on administrative leave on February 26, 2018, a day after Smith was arrested at the Oakland International Airport on charges of domestic violence, assault with force to commit great bodily injury, false imprisonment; the arrest was shortly before the team's flight back to San Diego following a win over San Francisco on February 24. Smith was released from jail on a reported $115,000 bail.
On March 7, 2018, Smith resigned after three seasons as San Diego's head coach, just hours after the domestic violence charges against him were dropped. A month on April 11, he was hired by Rodney Terry to be an assistant coach for the UTEP Miners men's basketball team. Smith resigned from UTEP on March 20, 2019, after the University of San Diego revealed that Smith was accused of accepting a bribe in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal for illegally helping a Beverly Hills real estate developer's children gain admission to the university
Jeffrey Lee Reynolds is an American college basketball coach. He is an assistant basketball coach under Billy Kennedy at Texas A&M. Reynolds served as the head men's basketball coach at North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1985–96, Wingate University from 1997 to 2000, the United States Air Force Academy from 2007 to 2012. Born in Mountain City, Reynolds played college basketball at Surry Community College from 1974 to 1976 at UNC Greensboro from 1976 to 1978; as a junior in 1976–77, Reynolds averaged 6.3 points. From 1978 to 1980, Reynolds was assistant coach at Carroll County High School in Hillsville, before being promoted to head coach for the 1980–81 season. Reynolds started his college coaching career at James Madison University in 1981, serving as a part-time assistant, he served as an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College from 1982 to 1985, Winthrop from 1986 to 1990, UNCW from 1990 to 1994, UNC Greensboro from 1994 to 1997, Tulane from 2002 to 2007. Reynolds was a head coach at the Division III level at NC Wesleyan in the 1985–86 season and Division II level at Wingate University from 1997 to 2000 and the Division III level.
After two seasons as an assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy, in April 2007 Reynolds was named to succeed Jeff Bzdelik as head coach. Athletic director Hans Mueh said he was "absolutely blown away by passion and vision." In five seasons, Reynolds guided the Falcons to one postseason appearance and was one of only two coaches in program history with multiple conference tournament wins. He was fired on February 8, 2012. Reynolds became Director of Men's Basketball Operations at Marquette, where he served from 2012 to 2014 before taking his current position with Virginia Tech. While at Marquette, the Golden Eagles advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Air Force profile
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play is mandated. Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. On offense, players may use a variety of shots -- a dunk, it is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands resume dribbling.
The five players on each side at a time fall into five playing positions: the tallest player is the center, the tallest and strongest is the power forward, a shorter but more agile big man is the small forward, the shortest players or the best ball handlers are the shooting guard and the point guard, who implements the coach's game plan by managing the execution of offensive and defensive plays. Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, one-on-one. Invented in 1891 by Canadian-American gym teacher James Naismith in Springfield, United States, basketball has evolved to become one of the world's most popular and viewed sports; the National Basketball Association is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries and level of competition. Outside North America, the top clubs from national leagues qualify to continental championships such as the Euroleague and FIBA Americas League; the FIBA Basketball World Cup and Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament are the major international events of the sport and attract top national teams from around the world.
Each continent hosts regional competitions for national teams, like FIBA AmeriCup. The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament feature top national teams from continental championships; the main North American league is the WNBA, whereas strongest European clubs participate in the EuroLeague Women. In early December 1891, Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men's Christian Association Training School in Springfield, was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day, he sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot elevated track. In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, balls had to be retrieved manually after each "basket" or point scored.
Basketball was played with a soccer ball. These round balls from "association football" were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball's cover had been flipped outside-in; these laces could dribbling to be unpredictable. A lace-free ball construction method was invented, this change to the game was endorsed by Naismith; the first balls made for basketball were brown, it was only in the late 1950s that Tony Hinkle, searching for a ball that would be more visible to players and spectators alike, introduced the orange ball, now in common use. Dribbling was not part of the original game except for the "bounce pass" to teammates. Passing the ball was the primary means of ball movement. Dribbling was introduced but limited by the asymmetric shape of early balls. Dribbling was common by 1896, with a rule against the double dribble by 1898; the peach baskets were used until 1906 when they were replaced by metal hoops with backboards.
A further change was soon made, so the ball passed through. Whenever a person got the ball in the basket, his team would gain a point. Whichever team got; the baskets were nailed to the mezzanine balcony of the playing court, but this proved impractical when spectators in the balcony began to interfere with shots. The backboard was introduced to prevent this interference. Naismith's handwritten diaries, discovered by his granddaughter in early 2006, indicate that he was nervous about the new game he had invented, which incorporated rules from a children's game called duck on a rock, as many had failed before it. Frank Mahan, one of the players from the original
University of San Diego
The University of San Diego is a private Roman Catholic research university in San Diego, California. Founded in July 1949 as the San Diego College for Women and San Diego University, the academic institutions merged from the California school system into University of San Diego in 1972. Since the university has grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, to include the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, School of Law. USD 79 undergraduate and graduate programs, enrolls 9,073 undergraduate, paralegal and law students. Charters were granted in 1949 for the San Diego College for Women and San Diego University, which included the College for Men and School of Law; the College for Women opened its doors to its first class of students in 1952. Reverend Charles F. Buddy, D. D. bishop of the Diocese of San Diego and Reverend Mother Rosalie Hill, RSCJ, a Superior Vicaress of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, chartered the institution from resources drawn from their respective organizations on a stretch of land known as "Alcalá Park," named for San Diego de Alcalá.
In 1954, the College for Men and the School of Law opened. These two schools occupied Bogue Hall on the same site of University High School, which would become the home of the University of San Diego High School. Starting in 1954, Alcalá Park served as the diocesan chancery office and housed the episcopal offices, until the diocese moved to a vacated Benedictine convent, converted to a pastoral center. In 1957, Immaculate Heart Major Seminary and St. Francis Minor Seminary were moved into their newly completed facility, now known as Maher Hall; the Immaculata Chapel, now no longer affiliated with USD opened that year as part of the seminary facilities. For nearly two decades, these schools co-existed on Alcalá Park. Immaculate Heart closed at the end of 1968. Since the university has grown and has been able to increase its assets and academic programs; the student body, the local community, patrons and many organizations have been integral to the university's development. Significant periods of expansion of the university, since the 1972 merger, occurred in the mid-1980s, as well as in 1998, when Joan B.
Kroc and wife of McDonald's financier Ray Kroc, endowed USD with a gift of $25 million for the construction of the Institute for Peace & Justice. Other significant donations to the college came in the form of multimillion-dollar gifts from weight-loss tycoon Jenny Craig, inventor Donald Shiley, investment banker and alumnus Bert Degheri, an additional gift of $50 million Mrs. Kroc left the School of Peace Studies upon her death; these gifts helped make possible the Jenny Craig Pavilion, the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, the Degheri Alumni Center; as a result, USD has been able to host the West Coast Conference basketball tournament in 2002, 2003 and 2008, hosted international functions such as the Kyoto Laureate Symposium at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and at USD's Shiley Theatre. Shiley's gift has provided the university with some additional, more advanced, teaching laboratories than it had previously. In 2005, the university expanded the Colachis Plaza from the Immaculata along Marian Way to the east end of Hall, which closed the east end of the campus to vehicular traffic.
That same year, the student body approved plans for a renovation and expansion of the Hahn University Center which began at the end of 2007. The new Student Life Pavilion opened in 2009 and hosts the university's new student dining area, offices for student organizations and event spaces; the Hahn University Center is now home to administrative offices and event spaces, a restaurant and wine bar, La Gran Terazza. In the fall of 2018, USD's total enrollment was 8,905 undergraduate and law students. Alcalá Park sits atop the edge of a mesa overlooking other parts of San Diego; the philosophy of USD's founder and her fellow religious relied on the belief that studying in beautiful surroundings could improve the educational experience of students. Thus, the university's buildings are designed in a 16th-century Spanish Renaissance architectural style, paying homage to both San Diego's Catholic heritage and the Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. In September 2011, Travel+Leisure named it as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.
The campus is located two miles north of downtown San Diego, on the north crest of Mission Valley in the community of Linda Vista. From the westernmost edges of Alcalá Park the communities of Mission Hills, Old Town, Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Bay Park, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach can be seen; the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Harbor, the Coronado Islands and La Jolla are visible from the campus. Though a Catholic university, the school is no longer governed directly by the Diocese of San Diego. Today, a lay board of trustees governs the university's operations. However, the Bishop of San Diego, Robert W. McElroy, retains a seat as a permanent member and retains control of the school's designation of "Catholic." USD offers more than 79 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral levels. USD is divided into colleges; the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law are the oldest academic divisions at USD. Kroc School of Peace S
Chris Mooney (basketball)
Christopher Scott Mooney is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at the University of Richmond. Prior to taking the helm of the Spiders basketball program, he was the head coach at Air Force. In his only year there, he led the Falcons to their second best record in school history, he played college basketball at Princeton. As a four-year starter at Princeton, he ranks 22nd on the school's all-time leading scoring list with 1,071 points, 11th in three-point field goals made. Chris Mooney is under scrutiny by a University of Richmond alumni group calling for his ouster. Mooney was born and raised in working-class neighborhood in Philadelphia, spending his high school years at Archbishop Ryan High School as the child of a single father after his mother died from breast cancer when he was 13 years old. Mooney's father was a Greyhound bus driver. In 1990, Mooney enrolled at Princeton University, majoring in English and playing basketball for legendary coach Pete Carril.
Mooney was a four-year starter at Princeton, starting all 107 games in his career and amassing 1,071 points, good for 20th place in program history. He finished second for Rookie of the Year in the Ivy League as a freshman and received honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore, First Team All-Ivy League honors as a junior and Second Team All-Ivy League honors in his senior year. Mooney began his coaching career fresh out of college at Lansdale Catholic High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. In 1997, Mooney took the helm of the program at Beaver College, now known as Arcadia University. After three years at Beaver, Mooney took an assistant coaching position under Joe Scott at the United States Air Force Academy; when Scott left to take the head coaching position at Princeton University in 2004, Mooney was elevated to the head position at Air Force. After one season at Air Force, Mooney became head coach at the University of Richmond, where he has been for the past twelve seasons.
The University of Richmond announced on March 27, 2011, following a run to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament that Mooney had signed a new contract running through the 2020–21 season. Richmond profile
Stephen Douglas Kerr is an American professional basketball coach and former player, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He is an eight-time NBA champion, having won five titles as a player as well as three with the Warriors as a head coach. Kerr has the highest career three-point percentage in NBA history for any player with at least 250 three-pointers made, he held the NBA record for highest three-point percentage in a season at 52.4% until the record was broken by Kyle Korver in 2010. On June 2, 2007, the Phoenix Suns named Kerr the team's president of basketball operations and general manager. Kerr helped managing partner Robert Sarver buy the Suns in 2004 and became one of Sarver's trusted basketball advisors. Kerr announced his retirement from the Suns in June 2010. Afterwards, Kerr returned as a color commentator for NBA on TNT until 2014, when he pursued a career in coaching. On May 14, 2014, the Golden State Warriors named Kerr the team's head coach.
On April 4, 2015, with a win over the Dallas Mavericks, Kerr broke the NBA record for the most regular-season wins for a rookie coach. The Warriors went on to win the 2015 NBA Finals, making Kerr the first rookie coach to win a championship since Pat Riley in the 1982 NBA Finals. On April 13, 2016, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season, breaking a record held by Kerr's 1995–96 Chicago Bulls; the Warriors returned to the Finals for three straight years, losing in 2016 and winning again in 2017 and 2018. Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Malcolm H. Kerr, an American academic who specialized in the Middle East, his wife, Ann, he has three siblings. His grandfather, Stanley Kerr, volunteered with the Near East Relief after the Armenian Genocide and rescued women and orphans in Aleppo and Marash before settling in Beirut. Kerr spent much of his childhood in other Middle Eastern countries, he attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the American Community School in Beirut and Palisades High School in Los Angeles.
Malcolm Kerr was killed by members of the Shia Lebanese militia called Islamic Jihad on the morning of January 18, 1984 at the age of 52 while he was serving as president of the American University of Beirut. He was shot twice in the back of his head, by gunmen using suppressed handguns, in the hallway outside his office. Kerr was 18 years old at the time, a college freshman. Bad things happened to other people." The Kerr family sued the Iranian government under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. While warming up with the Arizona Wildcats for a game at arch-rival Arizona State in 1988, Kerr had to deal with many ASU Sun Devil fans in the crowd chanting "PLO" and "your father's history." Though tearful, Kerr led the Wildcats to victory, scoring 20 points in the first half, making all six of his three-point attempts. The athletic director of Arizona State, Charles Harris, sent a letter of apology to Kerr a few days later. Kerr graduated from the University of Arizona in 1988 with a Bachelor of General Studies, with emphasis on history and English.
Minimally recruited out of high school, Kerr played basketball for the University of Arizona from 1983 to 1988. In the summer of 1986, Kerr was named to the USA Basketball team that competed in the FIBA World Championship in Spain; the team was the last American Men's Senior Team composed of amateur players to capture a gold medal. He blew out his knee in the tournament a career-ending injury, forcing him to miss an entire season at Arizona. After returning to the team, Kerr became a fan favorite due to his leadership, his ability to triumph in adversity, long-range shooting; every time he got the ball, the Arizona fans would chant "STEEEVE KERRRR." It became a rallying cry. He helped the Wildcats reach the Final Four of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament in 1988 along with fellow All-American teammate Sean Elliott. Kerr set an NCAA record for 3-point percentage in a season. Kerr was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1989.
He spent over three seasons there and part of the 1992–93 season with the Orlando Magic. In 1993, he signed with the Chicago Bulls; the Bulls made the playoffs in the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, but without Michael Jordan's presence for all of 1994 and much of 1995, the team could not advance to the Finals. However, with Jordan back full-time for the 1995–96 season, the Bulls set a NBA-record of 72–10 and defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals. Kerr played a major part of the Bulls' championship victory in the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. In the final seconds of Game 6 with the score tied at 86, he took a pass from Jordan and hit the title-winner; the Bulls won. Kerr won the 3-Point Shootout at the 1997 All-Star Game. In the last minute of Game 2 of the 1998 NBA Finals against Utah, Kerr missed a 3-pointer, grabbed his own rebound and made a pass to Jordan who made a crucial three-point play, putting them in the lead for good; the play helped Chicago win the game and tie the series at 1.
The Bulls won the series in 6 games. In January 1999, Kerr was acquired by the San Antonio Spurs in a sign-and-trade deal with the Bulls, whereby Chuck Person and a first-round pick in the 2000 NBA draft was sent to Chicago; the Spurs reached 1999 NBA Finals and won their first NBA Championship with a 4–1 series victory over th