The Purdue basketball program announced late Thursday morning that Ohio State assistant coach Terry Johnson had accepted a position on Matt Painter’s staff with the Boilermakers. Painter has been the head coach at Purdue since 2005 when he took over for long-time coach Gene Keady, whom Painter played for in the early ’90s.
Johnson was part of Buckeye head coach Chris Holtmann’s first staff with Ohio State, coming over with Holtmann from Butler. Johnson spent 10 seasons at Butler prior to Ohio State. Under Holtmann, Johnson’s focus was on developing post players and handling the defensive side of the ball.
Following the Buckeyes’ win at Iowa back in February, Holtmann took time out of his postgame press conference to acknowledge Johnson and the need for increased opportunities for African-American coaches.
“I have a young man…on our staff, Terry Johnson, who I just believe in at a really high level,” he said. “And I believe he he deserves an opportunity. Terry has has handled our defense for Butler through Ohio State. He’s been a part of every team that we’ve had that’s went to the NCAA tournament, or advanced in the NCAA Tournament. He’s got an unbelievable relationship with guys. And part of the reason that I feel compelled to work so hard in this job is to help guys have opportunities. And I really believe that he deserves an opportunity.
“He’s not a self-promoter. And in this business sometimes, and probably maybe in your business too, if you’re not a self promoter sometimes it gets you. But he is a guy who is an excellent basketball coach, and anybody who’s played for Terry Johnson, or coached with him feels the same way.”
Most of Johnson’s basketball life has been spent in the state of Indiana, but this move to Purdue is still a bit of a surprise.
Ryan Pedon is now the lone holdover from Holtmann’s original Ohio State staff.
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