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“He leads by example,” Doris said, “something that is quite visible when you see the passion and enthusiasm he brings to everything he does.”
Johnson, a 1997 Princeton graduate, coached at his alma mater for four years, finishing with a 66-53 record. He led the Tigers to a 25-7 record this season, including a 63-62 win over Harvard in the Ivy League tiebreaker. They ended the season with a 59-57 loss to Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
“I think Sydney exhibits all the qualities of a successful head coach,” Doris said. “He embraces the Jesuit philosophy, which is the cornerstone of Fairfield University, and exhibited a clear understanding of the University’s mission during the interview process.”
He replaces Ed Cooley, who left Fairfield to become coach at Providence. The Stags won a school-record 25 games this year and are expected to be a favorite to win the MAAC next season.
Before taking over at Princeton, Johnson was an assistant at Georgetown. He also was a three-time captain at Princeton, where he advanced to two NCAA tournaments. His 1995-96 Tigers upset defending national champion UCLA 43-41 in the first round.
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