Edgar, Johnson complete hoops staff

Scott Edgar and Ken Johnson will join the University of Tennessee basketbal l coaching staff, head coach Bruce Pearl announced today. Edgar will join the Vols as an assistant coach while Johnson will be the director of basketball operations.

(NOTE: In selecting Edgar and Johnson, Pearl passed over Chuck Benson and E d Conroy, two members of the 2004-05 Buzz Peterson staff who applied for positions on the new staff.)

Edgar comes to Tennessee after spending the last three seasons at UAB, wher e he helped direct the Blazers to a 65-34 record. In his three years in Birmingham, UAB won the 2004 Conference USA championship, made two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2004 Sweet 16, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2003 National Invitation Tournament. A 1978 graduate of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Edgar is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference as he served as an assistant coach at Arkansas for six seasons (1985-91). In 1990 the Razorbacks posted a 30-5 overall record in winning the Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the Final Four in Denver, Colo. In 1991 he was named the head coach at Murray State, where he compiled a 79-40 record in leading the Racers to two NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of NIT showings in his four years. A native of Penn Hills, Pa., he also gained head coaching experience at Duquesne in Pittsburgh. Edgar's teams have advanced to postseason play 14 times in his 21-year collegiate coaching career.

''From the very minute I got the job at Tennessee, I wanted to add someone to the coaching staff with a wealth of experience, great recruiting contact s in the Southeast and who would challenge my thinking in coaching,'' said Pearl, who was named UT's head coach on March 28. ''Scott Edgar was my choice from the very beginning. I looked at a lot of great coaching candidates and his name still remained at the top of the list. It is my hop e that Scott can help us do at Tennessee what he helped Nolan (Richardson) do at Arkansas.''

Johnson has spent the last six years as an assistant to Pearl, including four seasons at UW-Milwaukee. The duo first joined forces in 1999 when Johnson came to the University of Southern Indiana as an assistant coach an d the relationship continued when Pearl moved to Milwaukee. In the six season s Johnson has assisted Pearl, their teams have combined to post a 137-48 record. At UWM, Johnson was responsible for working with the Panther post players while also scouting opponents. A graduate of Albertson College in Idaho, Johnson has helped direct teams to the Sweet 16 of both the NCAA Division I and Division II tournaments.

''With Ken, you've got a terrific role model for our student-athletes,'' Pearl said. ''He is a tireless worker who is very organized. Ken has been with me the last six years and he knows how I expect things to be done.''

Edgar and Johnson join Tony Jones and Jason Shay, who have been on Pearl's Tennessee coaching staff since he was named the Vols' head coach in March. Jones, who is serving as associate head coach, spent four years as associat e head coach to Pearl at UWM following coaching stints at Toledo and Buffalo.

A former player at Fisk University in Nashville, Jones coached future NBA stars Jalen Rose, Howard Eisley and Voshon Lenard on the AAU level. Shay also spent four seasons on Pearl's UWM staff before coming to Tennessee. A former walk-on at Iowa, Shay has also worked as an assistant coach at Mercyhurst College and was director of game operations for the Quad City Thunder of the Continental Basketball Association.


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