Fox tabs two assistants
New basketball coach Mark Fox's initial staff with the Bulldogs is starting to take shape.
Wednesday, Fox announced the hiring of former Nevada assistant Kwanza Johnson and Philip Pearson, a longtime assistant at Alabama who most recently served as the interim coach for Tide following the firing of Mark Gottfried.
"I'm really excited to have these men join us here at Georgia," Fox said in a statement. "Both Kwanza and Philip give us assets that will be valuable contributions as we build our program here. Kwanza was vital in helping us bring in a Top 25 recruiting class at Nevada. I am confident he will continue to recruit
successfully at Georgia."
The 37-year-old Johnson spent the last three years with Fox as an assistant with the Wolf Pack, with whom he helped work with the Nevada big men, including All-Wac performer JaVale McGee, who was the 18th player chosen in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Johnson previously coached at Eastern Illinois and Tulsa where he played and coached for former Georgia coach Tubby Smith. He also spent time at Arkansas-Little Rock and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
Pearson, 38, got his start as a graduate assistant to Wimp Sanderson at Arkansas-Little Rock in 1994. The next year he joined Gottfried at Murray State, first as an administrative assistant, then as director of basketball operations and by 1997 as a full-time assistant coach. After the Racers played in the second straight NCAA Tournament in 1998, Pearson followed Gottfried to their alma mater, where they coached together for 11 seasons.
During his time at Alabama, the Crimson Tide won over 200 games, won the 2002 SEC Championship, played in five NCAA Tournaments, reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2004, and earned the program¹s first-ever No. 1 ranking in 2002.