Gene Johnson (coach)
Eugene Raymond Johnson (February 14, 1902 – December 27, 1989) was an American football and basketball coach. Some sources list him as the head coach of the 1936 United States Olympic Basketball team and other sources give that honor to Jimmy Needles and state that Johnson was the assistant coach. His innovations in basketball include being credited with creating the full court press.
|Born||February 14, 1902|
|Died||December 27, 1989 (aged 87)|
Overland Park, Kansas
|?||College of Emporia|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1957–1958||Kansas City Kaycees|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
In 1928, at the age of 26, Johnson was named head coach at Wichita University (now called Wichita State University) in Wichita, Kansas. Johnson's teams compiled a record of 74 wins and 24 losses in his five years as head coach of the "Shockers". He led the Shockers to a Central Intercollegiate Conference co-championship in 1933 (his last season at the school) and the team finished second three times and third once.
McPherson Globe Refiners (AAU)Edit
After coaching at Wichita University, Johnson left for a coaching career in the Amateur Athletic Union, coaching the McPherson Globe Refiners to a national title and later coaching the Wichita Vickers.
USA Olympic BasketballEdit
In 1938, Johnson went to Kansas Wesleyan University to become the head basketball coach. He led the team to several conference championships and as of 2005 holds the second-most wins for a single season at the school.
Johnson was the tenth head football coach at Kansas Wesleyan, serving for five seasons, from 1938 until 1942, and compiling a record of 19–16–9. 
In 1955–56 and 1956–57 Johnson coached the Wichita Vickers of the AAU National Industrial Basketball League. In 1957–58, he coached the Kansas City Kaycees and in 1959–60 he coached the NIBL Seattle Buchan Bakers.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) (1938–1942)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
- Topeka Capital-Journal "Foster among inductees" By Kevin Haskin, May 23, 2004
- The golden age of amateur basketball: the AAU Tournament 1921-1968 By Adolph H. Grundman, page 47
- Wichita State University Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Gene Johnson (Basketball Coach, 1928-33)
- Kansas Sports Hall of Fame[permanent dead link] Gene Johnson
- Kansas Wesleyan University Archived September 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine 2005 Basketball Media Guide.
- College Football Data Warehouse Archived October 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes coaching records
- College Football Data Warehouse Kansas Wesleyan University Football Results - 1940
- "National Industrial Basketball League Rosters".
- "Seattle Buchan Bakers Rosters".