Phil Johnson, receives a five-year contract extension!
Phil Johnson, who took the Spartans to the WAC tournament in 1999, receives a five-year contract extension. There will be more information as it comes in. Way to go Chuck Bell. Good job in keeping PJ around for awhile longer.
Johnson receives five-year contract extension
SAN JOSE (Mar. 23) --
Phil Johnson, who completed his first season as the San Jose State University men's basketball head coach and led the Spartans to nine more victories than the previous season and a berth in the 1999 Western Athletic
Conference Tournament, has accepted a precedent-setting new five-year
contract with the university. The announcement was made by Chuck Bell,
SJSU's director of athletics.
The new contract between the 40-year-old basketball head coach and
the school runs through the 2003-2004 season and is the first five-year
agreement San Jose State has awarded to its men's basketball head coach.
When Johnson came to San Jose State in March, 1998, he accepted a four-year
pact good through the 2001-2002 season.
"When we hired Phil Johnson a year ago, we said he is one of the
bright, young coaches at the NCAA Division I level ready to be a head
coach. Our basketball program needed help in every area and Phil had a
thorough knowledge of winning at this level," said Bell, who indicated that
the University of Pittsburgh of the Big East Conference sought permission
to consider Johnson a candidate for its previously vacant basketball
"In one season, Phil Johnson established a foundation for San Jose
State to realize future basketball success and positively changed the
perceptions of our men's basketball program. We won games people said we
could not or would not win and we were competitive in many others when we
weren't supposed to be. Our early recruiting class was rated as one of the
top-25 in the country. That's never happened here before. People are taking
notice about our program as evidenced by our increased home attendance. For
these reasons in particular, Phil earned this contract extension."
Serving as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level for the first
time, he led San Jose State to a 12-16 win-loss record in 1998-99 compared
to the 3-23 mark the previous season. SJSU qualified for its conference
tournament finishing sixth in the WAC's Pacific Division - a reversal from
not qualifying for the 1998 WAC Tournament. The Spartans' accomplishments
on the court were with two non-scholarship players, leading scorer Terrance
Richmond and R.J. Powell, the team's best defensive player, regularly in
the starting lineup and the team's second leading scorer, 6-foot-4 junior
Ben Sanders, missing the last eight games of season due to a broken arm.
Besides the significant on-the-court improvement, home attendance
increased more than 30 percent season-over-season. For the first time in
the 10-year history of playing its home games at The Event Center on
campus, SJSU had two crowds in excess of 4,000 spectators.
"This contract shows San Jose State University is committed to
building a quality Division I basketball program. We accomplished some nice
things this season, yet there still is a lot left to do. The coaching staff
and players realize we still have a lot of hard work ahead," said Johnson.
"Personally, I feel I am working for the best athletic director in college
athletics in Chuck Bell."