IU asst. Kenny Johnson reportedly hired by Louisville

IU asst. Kenny Johnson reportedly hired by Louisville
April 22, 2014, 7:30 am
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(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

It appears Maryland will need to look elsewhere as it plans to hire a replacement for assistant coach Scott Spinelli, who left this offseason to fill the same position at Boston College.

Indiana assistant Kenny Johnson, an ace recruiter in the capital region who had been targeted heavily by Maryland, has reportedly taken the assistant position under head coach Rick Pitino at Louisville.

InsideMDSports.com was the first to report the news, followed by a number of other media outlets.

Johnson replaces Cardinals assistant Kevin Keatts, who left Louisville to take the head coaching job at UNC-Wilmington.

By making the move, Johnson turns down an opportunity to return to his alma mater and the region in which he began his coaching career. He coached locally in the high school ranks at Wise (Md.) and Paul VI (Va.) as well as on the amateur circuit with Team Takeover (D.C.). He was also an assistant under coach Pat Skerry at Towson.

Louisville now puts Johnson in a program that has routinely turned assistants into college head coaches. In just the past few seasons, Keatts and assistants Kareem Richardson (UMKC) and Steve Masiello (Manhattan) have earned head coaching jobs.

That is added to an impressive coaching tree that also includes Billy Donovan, Frank Vogel, Mick Cronin, and others.

Maryland now moves on to focus on a list of secondary options to replace Spinelli. Also vacant is the program's director of basketball operations position, which has remained as such since now-assistant Dustin Clark was promoted to replace Dalonte Hill midway through the season.

Also of note: Louisville faces Indiana in the 2014 Jimmy V Classic, a tournament in which Maryland also takes on Villanova.

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