Ben Johnson Named to Nebraska Basketball Staff University of Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles announced the hiring of Ben Johnson to the Husker basketball staff on Thursday. Johnson comes to NU after spending the last four seasons at Northern Iowa, where he served as the Panthers' recruiting coordinator in 2011-12.
"I think Ben is a rising star in this business," Miles said. "He's well-organized, hard-working and great with the players. He can do it all, whether it is game planning or working guys out. I thought it was important to have a guy who's been in the Big Ten and understands the environments and understands how to win. I think that's a huge relationship builder with the players, and Ben will provide that and then some for our program."
During his tenure at Northern Iowa, the Panthers went a combined 93-77, winning at least 20 games in all four years The four straight 20-win seasons is the longest stretch in program history, and the Panthers reached postseason play in all four years, including the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2009-10. That year, the Panthers won a school-record 30 games and upset top-seeded Kansas in the second round of the NCAAs.
During his tenure at UNI, the Panthers had three first-team All-MVC selections, including 2010 Missouri Valley Conference MVP Adam Koch in 2010. Four players were named to the MVC All-Freshmen or All-Newcomer teams, including a pair in 2011-12.
Johnson had previously served two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Texas-Pan American. He was heavily involved in recruiting, worked with the Broncs perimeter players and coordinated UTPA's summer camps. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Dayton during the 2005-06 season.
During his collegiate career, Johnson was a four-year starting guard in college at a pair of Big Ten schools. He played his first two years at Northwestern University, and his junior and senior seasons at the University of Minnesota. He scored 1,202 points during his college career and helped lead Minnesota to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals in 2003. He was also named team captain three of his years in school.
He enjoyed a standout prep career, helping lead DeLaSalle (Minn.) High School to a pair of state championships. He was a two-time first-team all-state selection in both football and basketball, and his senior year was named a Street & Smith All-American, as well as an honorable mention Nike All-American. He was listed as the 60th-best basketball player in the country by Bob Gibbons in Johnson's senior season, as he totaled more than 2,200 points during his high school career. Johnson also was listed on Tom Lemming's High School Football All-American list as a top-20 national recruit and was a two-time all-state performer on the gridiron.
A native of Minneapolis, Minn., the 31-year old Johnson received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Minnesota in 2005.
Ronald Coleman Named to Nebraska Basketball Staff University of Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles announced the hiring of Ronald Coleman to the Husker basketball staff on Thursday. Coleman spent the 2011-12 season at Colorado State, helping the Rams to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Coleman brings experience at the college level and at the high school ranks, serving as a top AAU basketball coach in his native Chicago.
"I am very excited to have Ron join our staff at Nebraska," Miles said. "He was a valuable part of the storied tradition of Illinois high school basketball in recent years. He comes from two great programs: Mac Irvin Fire in AAU basketball and Whitney M. Young, which he helped become a national power in the high school ranks. He is an excellent coach and teacher of the game. He will model the right things for our student-athletes."
Coleman joined the CSU staff in August of 2011, and helped the Rams to their first 20-win season since 1997-98. In his lone season in Fort Collins, three players earned All-Mountain West Conference honors - the highest total in the program's history - in helping the Rams reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine seasons. Wes Eikmeier earned first-team Mountain West honors after averaging 15.5 points per game, while Dorian Green and Pierce Hornung were both third-team honorees.
As a team, Colorado State led the Mountain West in field goal percentage (47.1), 3-point percentage (40.0) and free throw percentage (76.8). The Rams finished the year ranked sixth nationally in free throw percentage and seventh in 3-point percentage, joining Missouri as the only programs in the nation to rank in the top 10 in both categories.
A 1992 graduate of Chicago's South Shore Career Academy, Coleman continued his basketball playing career at Weber State, where he saw action in 25 games for the Wildcats as a true freshman during the 1992-93 season. Coleman transferred to Lamar as a sophomore and after sitting out the 1993-94 season (per NCAA transfer rules), led the Cardinals to a successful three-year stretch from 1994 to 1997. He earn three consecutive first-team All-Sun Belt Conference nods as LU's leading scorer each season, and ranked among the program's top-10 career scorers with 1,316 points in 81 career games.
Coleman earned his bachelor's in applied arts and science from Lamar in May of 1997, and began a seven-year professional playing career that saw the 6-4 guard play with the NBA's Houston Rockets and the Grand Rapids Hoops of the Continental Basketball Association. Coleman also played overseas in Finland and in the top league in Latvia before returning to the United States to coach in the high school and AAU ranks in talent-rich Chicago.
From 2005 to 2011, Coleman was the head coach of Chicago's AAU Mac Irvin Fire, developing the squad into one of the top AAU programs in the country. Coleman's team earned top-three overall finishes at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in 2009-10. While coaching the Fire, Coleman developed some of the top prep players in the country, including four McDonald's All-Americans, four Illinois Players of the Year, and 15 players that participated in the NBA Players Association Top-100 camp and the LeBron James Skills Academy between 2007 and 2010.
At Benjamin E. Mays Academy, he led the program to a 35-0 season, taking home top honors as the District 299 City Championship before moving to national power Whitney M. Young as the associate head coach. From 2007 to 2011, he helped guide the program to four consecutive national top-25 finishes, and earned an Illinois state championship during the 2008-09 season. In addition to his work at the prep level, Coleman trained and developed several of the world's top basketball players, most recently working with Shawn Marion of the Dallas Mavericks leading up to the franchise's 2011 NBA championship.
Jayden Olson Named to Nebraska Basketball Staff University of Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles announced the hiring of Jayden Olson to his basketball staff at Nebraska on Thursday. Olson has been with Miles the last two seasons at Colorado State, serving as the Rams' director of operations during the 2011-12 campaign.
In his role at Colorado State, Olson served as the primary day-to-day administrator for the Rams, coordinating budgeting, scheduling, team travel and overseeing academics. In 2011-12, he played a major role in the Rams winning 20 games for the first time since 1997-98 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine seasons.
He began his association with Colorado State as the program's video coordinator in 2010-11, where he handled tape exchanges, breaking down video, recording practices and games and coordinating the team's video library.
Olson spent three seasons as the top assistant coach at Augustana College, helping the Vikings to a 67-26 record during his time in Sioux Falls, S.D. The team qualified for three NCAA Division II regional tournaments while Olson was a part of the program. Olson also helped recruit back-to-back Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Freshman of the Year award winners in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to his arrival at Augustana, Olson spent two seasons (2005-07) as a graduate assistant coach at the University of North Dakota, where he earned his master's degree in kinesiology.
A 2003 graduate of Dickinson State, Olson received his bachelor's degrees in physical education and business education. At Dickinson State, Olson was captain of the basketball team and earned academic All-America honors. He was also a member of the Blue Hawks' golf team.
Courtesy: NU Media Relations