CofC search committee reaches out to former player Johnson
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Former Cougar great Anthony Johnson is on the list being compiled by the search committee tasked with finding a new head basketball coach at the College of Charleston.
Johnson confirmed late Thursday night that the committee had reached out to him to be one of the candidates.
Johnson has been vocal in his interest in the position, saying he was confident he could put together a good team.
"Yes, I am 100 percent interested in becoming the next head coach at the College of Charleston, and I feel like I can turn it around for the guys who are currently in the program and bring some credibility as far as style of play and excitement and just everything about getting the job done," he said.
"I'm a confident guy and I think we can get it turned around quickly."
Johnson is a Stall High grad and College of Charleston great who led the Cougars to multiple NCAA tournaments before spending 13 years in the NBA.
Johnson has hosted camps for nearly 20 years at the College and is still strongly tied to the school's boosters. Many people within the CofC community are pushing hard for Johnson to be named the new coach.
The announcement from Johnson comes hours after former interim head coach Mark Byington said he was not interested in the leaving Georgia Southern.
The school issued a statement on the search in Charleston.
"Mark Byington and I have had several conversations in the wake of the College of Charleston's head coach position opening. Mark has reiterated to me his commitment to winning a championship at Georgia Southern and is not interested in the consideration for their head coaching job," said Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein.
"I came here to win championships and feel we are headed in that direction. I am excited to coach out team and look forward to competing in the Sun Belt Conference," Byington said.
Other names on a possible short list for the College include Charleston Southern's Barclay Radebaugh; Wofford's Mike Young; and former Boston College head coach Al Skinner.
On Tuesday, after a month of nearly complete radio silence, the College and new president Glenn McConnell announced head coach Doug Wojcik would not be returning for a third season.
The past few months have been spent investigating allegations of verbal abuse by Wojcik. An independent attorney was brought in to consider the claims and interview members of the team and athletics department.
What resulted was a 50-page report that depicted Wojcik as a man with a quick temper and a foul moutWojcik
ck was two years into a five-year contract when he was fired.