Rick Pitino adds Indiana’s Kenny Johnson to Louisville staff

Rick Pitino needed a replacement for Kevin Keatts, who is now the head coach at UNC-Wilmington.

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Louisville has hired Kenny Johnson as a Cardinals assistant coach.

Johnson had been an assistant and recruiting coordinator the past two years at Indiana, putting together top-20 recruiting classes both seasons, including a top-five group last year. The Hoosiers went 46-22 during his time under Tom Crean, winning the Big Ten Conference title and earning a No. 1 seed in last year’s NCAA tournament.

Johnson said Wednesday at his introductory news conference that he ”jumped at the opportunity" to work for Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and ”learn from a Hall of Fame coach.”

Johnson also worked as an assistant at Towson. He replaces Kevin Keatts, who left to become coach at UNC-Wilmington.

Several former Pitino assistants have gone on to successful head coaching careers, including Billy Donovan, Mick Cronin, Frank Vogel, to name three.