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Erik Johnson Named New Boston College Women’s Basketball Coach

DeFilippo has found his replacement for former Boston College women's basketball coach Sylvia Crawley. Former Denver head coach Erik Johnson has been named the Head Women's Basketball Coach, returning to the Heights after serving as an assistant coach from 2006-2008.

He signs a five year deal to become the school's seventh women's basketball head coach.

Full press release:

Chestnut Hill, MA - Boston College Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo has announced that Erik Johnson has been named the Head Women's Basketball Coach at the Heights. Johnson, who has been the head coach at Denver for the last four years, has signed five year contract to become the seventh head coach in the history of women's basketball program.

"We know Erik is an outstanding coach and a strong leader," Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "He has done a great job with the Denver program and we are very pleased to welcome him back to the Boston College family."

Johnson, who was an assistant coach at Boston College from 2006 through 2008, posted a 72-52 overall record while going 34-16 in the Sun Belt Conference at Denver. He led the program to its first win over a nationally-ranked team when the Pioneers defeated No. 23 Vanderbilt and to key victories over BCS schools Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota.

In the 2011-12 season, Johnson's team went 19-12, posting its second straight 19-win season. The team placed second in the Sun Belt Western Division and earned its second straight bye in the Sun Belt conference championship. His 2012 recruiting class was ranked No. 16 nationally among mid-major schools by ESPN.

Johnson also placed five players on the Sun Belt Conference All-Conference teams, including Freshman of the Year and two-time All-Conference player Kaetlyn Murdoch.

The 2010-11 team finished the season ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 45.7 percent from the floor. Denver also finished 25th nationally and first in the Sun Belt with a 35.8 three-point field goal percentage.

A native of San Diego, Calif., Johnson is a 1997 graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He earned his master's degree in psychology from the University of California at San Diego in 1994. Johnson and his wife, Laura, have two daughters, Daly (9) and Avery (7). Their son, Davis (4), passed away unexpectedly on May 6, 2010.

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