Fairfield University Men's Basketball Coach Sydney Johnson signs contract extension through 2019

Image: Sydney JohnsonFairfield University Men's Basketball Coach Sydney Johnson signed a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Eugene P. Doris.

"I am very pleased that the future of Fairfield University basketball will be under the guidance of Sydney Johnson," Doris said. "Sydney and his coaching staff have proven that they can recruit nationally and internationally by bringing in one of our best freshmen classes this season.  Since his arrival, the basketball program has solidified itself as one of the best in the region and continues to compete on a national level."

"I feel blessed to have the job that I do," Johnson said. "I am thankful to (University President) Father von Arx, (University Vice President) Mark Reed, and Gene Doris for supporting our basketball program and allowing me to work for this terrific institution. I want to acknowledge our faithful Stags fans and thank them for the passion that they have for our team. The future of Fairfield basketball is very bright and I look forward to being a part of it."

Fairfield posted a 22-15 record in Johnson's first season at the helm and reached the final of the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament. The Stags received a berth to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) and advanced to the semifinals. This year, six student-athletes returned to the roster and started the 2012-13 season with a 4-4 overall record.

"I especially want to thank the players from this year's basketball team," Johnson said. "It is a joy to coach these young men because of their character on and off the court and their shared commitment to becoming a championship team."

Johnson owns a 92-72 record in his sixth season as a college head coach. He started his career at his alma mater, leading Princeton University to a 66-53 record over his four-year stay. He also was an assistant coach at Georgetown University under John Thompson III. He played his collegiate basketball under legendary head coach Pete Carril.

"I would also like to thank my family, my friends, our coaching staff, and my coaching mentors including Pete Carril, John Thompson III, and Pete Gillen," Johnson said.

The Fairfield University basketball team will open the home portion of its 2012-13 schedule by hosting Canisius College at Webster Bank Arena on December 7. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip.

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Posted on December 10, 2012