Kwanza Johnson is in his second season as an assistant coach at Georgia. Before coming to Athens, he had spent the previous three seasons coaching alongside Mark Fox as an assistant for the Nevada program.
In Johnson's first year at Nevada, his work with the Wolf Pack frontcourt players helped forward Nick Fazekas earn first-team All-America honors and his third Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year honor. The next year Johnson worked with big man JaVale McGee, who was an All-WAC selection and the 18th player chosen in the 2008 NBA Draft (Washington Wizards). That year, the Wolf Pack set a school record, led the WAC and ranked 15th nationally in blocked shots at 5.8 per game.
Johnson's work in 2009 with Wolf Pack freshman Luke Babbitt helped him earn WAC Newcomer of the Year honors, as well as a 1st team All-WAC selection.
Before coaching at Nevada, Johnson had served previously on the coaching staffs at Eastern Illinois (2006), twice at his alma mater Tulsa (1997-99 and 2001-05), Arkansas-Little Rock (2001) and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (2000).
A native of Oklahoma City, Okla., Johnson played collegiately first at Rose State College before finishing at Tulsa in 1995. Both of his Hurricane teams, coached by former Georgia coach Tubby Smith, won the Missouri Valley Conference title and reached the NCAA Sweet 16. In his final season for the Hurricane, Johnson was elected team captain and was also named to the MVC All-Defensive team.
Johnson began his collegiate playing career at Rose State College in Midwest City, Okla., where he was the junior college Region II Player of the Year and was named to the national junior college all-tournament team in 1993.
Johnson, 38, earned his B.S. degree in Economics at Tulsa in 1995. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the Tulsa College of Law in 1999. He and his wife Kim have three children: Kaitlyn (9), Kendall (6) and Kalli (3).
Birthdate: March 8, 1972
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Family: Wife - Kim
Children: Kaitlyn (9), Kendall (6) & Kalli (3)
John Marshall High School, Oklahoma City
Rose State College, Midwest City, Okla.
University of Tulsa, B.S. Economics, 1995
Univ. of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 1999
Admin. Assistant, University of Tulsa, 1997-99
Assistant Coach, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, 1999-2000
Assistant Coach, Arkansas-Little Rock, 2000-01
Assistant Coach, University of Tulsa, 2001-05
Assistant Coach, Eastern Illinois Univ., 2005-06
Assistant Coach, University of Nevada, 2006-09
Assistant Coach, University of Georgia, April 2009-Present