Nevada's Johnson to be named Arizona coach

On Monday, Arizona will name former Nevada head coach Jay Johnson to the same position. Read on for details on the hire and more.

Arizona did not take long to find its replacement for Andy Lopez, as Athletic Director Greg Byrne announced on Twitter Sunday night that Jay Johnson, the head baseball coach at Nevada the past two seasons, has been named the next head man of Arizona.

Previous to Nevada, Johnson was an assistant at San Diego. While there, Johnson helped the Toreros make six trips to NCAA postseason and capture four West Coast Conference titles.

He coached Kris Bryant, who was the 2013 Dick Howser Award winner, which honors the college baseball player of the year.

Johnson was hired at Nevada after serving as USD's hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped recruit USD's 2008 class, which was ranked number one in the nation by Baseball America and the 2010 recruiting class, which was ranked second in the nation.

Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth had a feeling his head coach would be a major candidate at Arizona.

"We offered Jay a contract a month ago and we were both very comfortable with the fact that he was going to stay here a long, long time with a longer contract," Knuth tells the Reno Gazette-Journal.

"Then, out of the blue, Arizona announces that their coach is retiring. That's a premier job. It has great history, a great facility, great support and great weather. It's one of those jobs that if you're a baseball coach you have to look at.”

Johnson will be introduced as Arizona’s head coach Monday at 1.


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