Virginia Tech hires Clemson basketball assistant James Johnson
New Clemson menís basketball assistant coach James Johnson has quickly become a former assistant with the program, accepting the head coaching position at Virginia Tech on Monday.
Johnson could not be reached for comment Monday, but Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed the departure to The Post and Courier.
Johnson was the top assistant under former Hokies head coach Seth Greenberg prior to arriving at Clemson last month. Greenberg was fired on April 24.
Johnson had been at Virginia Tech since 2007.
Johnson was also an assistant coach at the College of Charleston in 2002-03 under Tom Herrion when the Cougars went 25-8 overall and won the SoCon regular season.
Johnson is known as a standout recruiter, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Clemson had hired Johnson to replace Rick Ray who left to become the head coach at Mississippi State earlier this year.
Brownell now must begin another coaching search.
Before hiring Johnson, Brownell spoke with College of Charleston assistant Mark Byington about the vacant assistant coaching position at Clemson.
Byington was Charlestonís interim head coach during Bobby Creminsí medical leave of absence last season. The Cougars hired Doug Wojcik as its new head coach last month.
Byington played at UNC Wilmington when Brownell was an assistant at the school.