Today, he will be announced as Virginia Tech's new head basketball coach after spending less than two weeks with the Tigers.
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Johnson’s first order of business in his return may be trying to keep Tech’s two signees for the class of 2012 — players he had a hand in recruiting — from leaving the program before they even get to Blacksburg.
Johnson, a forty-year-old Powhatan, VA native and 1993 Ferrum College graduate, becomes the only current ACC head basketball coach hired without previous head-coaching experience.
He was a member of Greenberg’s staff from 2007-12, serving as Greenberg’s associate head coach — the lead assistant coaching role.
On April 13, Johnson left Tech to take an assistant’s job at Clemson under Brad Brownell. The job came with a $185,000 salary, which equaled a $45,000 raise from what he was earning at Tech.
Tech has letters of intent for incoming freshmen Montrezl Harrell, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward from Tarboro, N.C., who attended Hargrave this year, and Marshall Wood, a 6-8, 203-pound forward from Rustburg High in Rustburg. Harrell is considered by most analysts to be one of the nation’s top 100 prospects entering college this coming fall.