Johnson Takes Over Assistant Coaching Position
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
July 16, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb announced the hiring of Stan Johnson as assistant men’s basketball coach today.

“ Stan is a successful product of Bemidji State,” said Dr. Goeb. “He is an individual with a lot of character and is certainly ready to step into an assistant coaching position.”

Johnson might be best remembered in his Bemidji State career for his seven three-pointers in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference semifinals. His tournament record for treys came in a crushing 79-78 overtime loss to MSU-Moorhead, March 8, 2003. Johnson finished with a game-high 24 points with 21 of them coming in the final 20 minutes. The transfer from Division I member Southern Utah University received 2003 NSIC All-Tournament Team honors for that performance - the first Beaver to be recognized in that capacity.

The 6-1 guard from Salk Lake City, Utah enjoyed a very successful season in 2002-03 - his only year as a Beaver. Johnson came out on fire in his debut against Valley City State (11/22/02) as he notched a game-high 23 points. The next night, Johnson came away with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal against Jamestown (11/23/02). An honoree on the 2002-03 All-NSIC Honorable Mention squad, Johnson set a career-best with 25 points on 8 of 16 shooting against Bethel (11/26/02). Overall, Johnson was first on the club in minutes per game (30.7) and total assists (114), second in total steals (46), three-point percentage (.425) and scoring (13.5) and third in three-pointers (54) and rebounding (3.2). The assists total placed him fifth in the school annals. His season was capped off with an honorable mention recognition on the All-NSIC team.

“Hiring a minority for the first time at BSU in the coaching ranks says something about Bemidji State,” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “It is a step in the right direction. Stan brings a lot of integrity, class and a strong work ethic. He is destined for stardom in the coaching profession.”

Johnson’s BSU Overall Career Statistics
YR    GP    FG-FGA    PCT.    3FG-FGA    PCT.    FT-FTA    PCT.    REB    A    BLK    STL    PTS    AVG
02-03    28    115-247    .466    54-127    .425    94-119    .790    90    114    2    46    378 13.5
Total    28    115-247    .466    54-127    .425    94-119    .790    90    114    2    46    378 13.5

“Coaching is something I have always envisioned myself doing, but I didn’t think it would happen this soon,” said Johnson. “Whenever coach Guiot gives you an opportunity like this, it would be dumb not to do it.

“I am excited to be here because I know who we have coming back and talent we have coming in. There is potential for some really big things to happen here.”

Johnson will be handling recruiting and scheduling duties in addition to overseeing academic progress of the student-athletes.

Johnson took over for Doug Peters, a seven-year veteran of the staff, who became the Executive Director of Athletic Fundraising a month ago.

Bemidji State finished 17-12 overall last year and has totaled 34 victories in the past two season’s - the most since the 1972-74 seasons. Also, BSU led the country in three-pointers per game (11.7) and since 1987, finished with the sixth-highest season total (338) of treys in NCAA Division II.