Nikita Johnson enters his third season as the associate head coach at Louisiana Tech after three seasons at LSU.
At Tech he last season he helped a six win team a year ago improve by nine games to get 15 wins in 2008-09, the most in three years. The nine game improvement was the fourth most in Tech history and the most since 1994-95. Eight of the 15 wins came against non-conference opponents, the most since the 1991-92 season.
While at LSU, he was a part of a Final Four appearance for the Tigers and coached a NBA lottery-pick in Tyrus Thomas.
Johnson came to LSU after six years as an assistant with the University of New Orleans Privateers working under Joey Stiebing and later, Monte Towe.
During his tenure, the Privateers produced four classes that received strong marks in the national rankings. In 2001, Stiebing earned Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year and in Johnson's last year with UNO, he helped lead the Privateers to the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
Prior to his tenure at UNO, Johnson was an assistant at Tennessee State in 1998 and at Duquesne from 1995-98.
Johnson also served as an assistant at Murray State from 1993-95 when the Racers won two Ohio Valley Conference championships and went on to play in the NIT and NCAA Tournament. The 1993-94 Racer team finished with an impressive 23-6 record.
As a junior college coach, Johnson helped lead Chipola to six conference titles under Coach Milton Johnson, the winningest coach in Florida junior college history. He also was on staff on the 1993 Odessa team that finished eighth in the NJCAA Tournament.
Thomas was not the only NBA bound player Johnson coached as Brandon Bass (Dallas Mavericks), Glen Davis (World Champion Boston Celtics), Mike James (New Orleans Hornets) and Anthony Randolph (Golden State Warriors) are all presently in the league. Marcus Brown from Murray State and Moochie Norris from Odessa also had tenures of several years on an NBA roster.
Johnson was born in Donaldsonville, Ga., and grew up in Greenwood, Fla. He is married to the former Tonya Ramey of Pittsburgh, Penn.