Johnson named Arizona baseball coach

Arizona introduced Jay Johnson as its head baseball coach on Monday. Read on to see what the new skipper had to say at his introductory press conference.

To put Monday into perspective for new Arizona baseball coach Jay Johnson, the 38-year old says he has not seen many better days than when he was introduced as head coach on Monday.

"I would take it a step further and say this is the greatest day in my life," Johnson said. "I'm excited and passionate to be here. The word that comes to mind is humbled."

Arizona's baseball history is not lost on Johnson.

"To be sitting here today and be a part of what you guys have established and have made so good for so long is really humbling," Johnson said.

"To be at a place where they've had that success (of World Series appearances and championships) is really exciting to be able to pursue that challenge."

Attention will now turn to naming a coaching staff and meeting with recruits.

“We are going to hire two coaches that are among the best in the country at recruiting and developing players,” Johnson said. “They will be great fits for Arizona and for our players on our 2016 team.”

According to Greg Byrne, Johnson's contract is for $160,000 a year, with another $65,000 through Nike and more through a bat deal and incentives.


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