Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson (born April 26, 1974)

Current position: Associate head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Air Force Falcons (Head coach: Joe Scott)
Current conference: Mountain West Conference (MWC)
Teams coached: Princeton Tigers, Fairfield Stags
Princeton record: 66-53 (.555)
Fairfield record: 116-147 (.441)
Overall record: 182-200 (.476)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2011)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2010)
  • CIT Appearances:  3  (2012, 2016, 2017)
  • Ivy League Regular Season Champion:  1  (2011)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2020-2021 Air Force (assoc. HC)
2011-2019 Fairfield
2007-2011 Princeton
2004-2007 Georgetown (asst)

Sydney Johnson Facts

  • Sydney Johnson
  • Born April 26, 1974
  • Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Alma Mater: Princeton University (BA, 1997)
  • Born in Lansing, Michigan, spent much of his childhood in Baltimore and attended two years of high school in Minnesota, eventually graduating from Towson Catholic HS back in Baltimore County and attending a post-graduate year at Fork Union Military Academy (VA)
  • Father, LeRoy Johnson, played at Indiana in the early 1960s and brother, Steve Johnson, played at California
  • Played four seasons at Princeton, the first three under Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril and his senior year under Bill Carmody
    • Named Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior in 1997 and is the only player in Princeton history to be a three-time team captain
    • Played overseas for several years, including five years at the top divisions in Italy and Spain
  • Started coaching as an assistant under John Thompson III at Georgetown, staying there for three seasons
  • Returned to his alma mater as head coach in 2007, quickly turning the program around and winning the Ivy League title in 2011
  • Hired in April 2011 to be the head coach of the Fairfield Stags, a position he would hold for eight seasons
    • Went 116-147 overall during his tenure, reaching three CITs
    • Fired in March 2019 following a 9-22 season, his third single-digit win season in six years
  • Joined Joe Scott‘s staff at Air Force in April 2020 as his associate head coach; stepped down in 2021 to move closer to family in Connecticut

Sydney Johnson Coaching Tree