Stacy Johnson, who has been a part of one of the nation's most storied women's basketball programs, was named the head coach at Fresno State on April 5 and immediately was presented with the challenge of turning around the Bulldog program.
"We are very pleased Stacy has decided to join the Fresno State program," said Fresno State Athletics Director Scott Johnson. "She has been a big part of a perennial top 10 program. Stacy has been considered one of the nation's best recruiters and I believe she will be a great fit in our department. I'm convinced she is the right person to turn our program around."
Johnson was an assistant coach at Louisiana Tech for the last two seasons, helping the Lady Techsters to two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2001, Louisiana Tech advanced to the Elite Eight after setting a national record with six consecutive 30-win seasons. During the 2001-02 season, the Lady Techsters went 25-5, won the WAC regular season and tournament and were ranked No. 9 in the nation. Johnson was instrumental in securing a recruiting class that had four McDonald's All-Americans and was ranked third nationally.
During her two seasons, Louisiana Tech had a record of 56-10, lost just one conference game, won two regular season conference titles and two conference tournament championships. Under head coach Leon Barmore, the Techsters program has the best winning percentage in college basketball history (.875), have made 21 NCAA Tournament appearances, 13 Final Fours and won three NCAA championships. Her duties included recruiting, scouting reports, on-floor coaching with the post players and offense, player development and compliance with NCAA rules.
"I am absolutely thrilled to come to Fresno State," Stacy Johnson said. "I look forward to working hard to make our program one of the elite teams in women's basketball. I am totally sold on the vision of the Fresno State athletics department and am excited about bringing a brand new era of excitement to Bulldog women's basketball.
"This is a big move for my family, but I think this will be a wonderful place for Chuck and me to raise a family. We can't wait to become a part of the Fresno community."
Prior to Louisiana Tech, Johnson was the head coach at Cameron University, a Division II schools in Lawton, Okla. In three seasons there, she produced the first winning season at the school in over a decade and improved her team's GPA to 3.27, which ranked No. 20 nationally.
Johnson was an assistant coach at Oklahoma from 1993-96, where she recruited a top 20 recruiting class and helped the team to a 22-9 record in 1994-95, at the time the best season in school history. The Sooners won the 1994 Women's NIT championship.
"Stacy's background will prepare to her to be an excellent head coach at the Division I level," Scott Johnson said. "She's been an assistant to one of the best, most respected coaches in all of college basketball in Leon Barmore. Having been in the WAC for a year will be an advantage for her as well. She's a winner and is used to winning and I know she has an excellent plan for getting our program turned in the right direction."
In addition, Johnson was an accomplished player. She played collegiately at Northeastern State, where she set 10 school records, many of which still stand. She scored a school-record 45 points in a game and had a school-record scoring average of 23.9 points per game. She was an NAIA honorable mention All-American and three-time all-conference selection. She played professional basketball in Switzerland during the 1992 season and averaged 50 points per game, scoring 65 points in one game. She has also played for the Campus Crusade for Christ that toured South America and was the head coach and a player for the 1998 Christian Outreach International team.
"Fresno State is getting a future coaching star in Stacy Johnson," Louisiana Tech head coach Leon Barmore said. "She was an awesome recruiter for Louisiana Tech the last two years. In fact, our current recruiting class is ranked third nationally, and it was due to her efforts. All of our players and our entire community truly loved Stacy. She was so loyal to all of us here, and we will miss her greatly."
Johnson has also conducted coaching clinics and has been a public speaker and effective fundraiser.
She becomes the sixth coach in the 31-year history of the program and replaces Britt King, who resigned after four years and a 39-76 overall record.
Johnson is engaged to marry Chuck Klein in May. Together, they have four children, Connor (8), Carter (6), Sierra (4) and Collin (3).