Stan Johnson is entering his third season as a Utah assistant coach after joining the staff in April of 2008.
Johnson came to Utah after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge from 2007-08. The Matadors finished 20-10 overall and earned a share of their first Big West Conference regular-season championship since joning the league. Prior to his time at Cal State Northridge, Johnson spent three seasons on the bench at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. The Bearcats were 50-30 during Johnson's time on the staff, with three consecutive winning seasons, which was a first in school history. In addition, SBU won a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title and made a trip to the NCAA Div. II Tournament in 2005-06.
In 2005-06, Southwest Baptist enjoyed a tremendous season. The Bearcats were 27-5 overall and opened the season with a school-record 14 consecutive victories. SBU won a conference title, earned a number-one seed in the NCAA Div. II South Central Regional and finished the season ranked No. 6 nationally.
Johnson started his coaching career at Bemidji (Minn.) State University. In one season at Bemidji State, Johnson helped coach the Beavers to a 20-10 mark and their first-ever 20-win season. BSU was 14-2 in conference play that season, earning a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament and leading the nation in 3-pointers per game, with 11.7.
In addition to prepping locally at Taylorsville High, Johnson played three seasons of basketball at Southern Utah University. From 1998-2002, Johnson was a three-year letterwinner. He was a team captain and starter for one season. During 2000-01, Johnson helped lead the Thunderbirds to the Mid-Continent Conference (now Summit League) title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they dropped a close, 68-65 decision to No. 3 seed Boston College. Johnson was a three-time member of the Mid-Con All-Academic Team. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from SUU in 2003.
Johnson played his senior season of college basketball at Bemidji State, where he served as a team captain and earned honorable mention all-conference accolades. He averaged 13.5 points and dished out a team-high 114 assists during his one season with the Beavers.
Johnson and his wife Brittany have a one-year old daughter, Brooklynn, and a newborn son, Myles.