NC State hires ex-Hokies basketball coach as assistant to Kevin Keatts


RALEIGH, NC (COURTESY GOPACK.COM) — NC State has hired James Johnson as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program, head coach Kevin Keatts announced on Monday.

No stranger to each other, Johnson and Keatts were teammates for two seasons at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va., from 1991-93.

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“James and I go back over 25 years, and my comfort level in his approach, his knowledge of the ACC, and my respect for his ability to teach and develop our student-athletes, makes him an ideal fit,” said Keatts. “He is an outstanding addition to our staff, and I welcome him to NC State.”

He comes to the Wolfpack after two years as the Director of Basketball Operations for Jim Larranaga’s program at Miami.

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