Virginia Tech introduced its new men's basketball coach Tuesday afternoon at a news conference in Blacksburg.
James Johnson, a former Hokie assistant who left for Clemson three weeks ago, replaces Seth Greenberg. Greenberg was fired April 23. Johnson was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 2007 to 2011. He was the team's associate head coach last season.
"It's a great day to be a Hokie," Johnson said. "I go now from a suggestion maker to a decision maker."
Athletic director Jim Weaver introduced Johnson.
"I believe you hire the right person at the right moment in time," Weaver said.
He said a big reason for hiring back Johnson was because of his familiarity with current players and recruits.
"I recruited every one of those guys," Johnson said. "I don't think there was a better person for the job than myself."
Johnson's contract is for five hears. He'll make $680,000 next season. He played college basketball at nearby Ferrum College, and was born in Powhatan.
"I'm really excited to be back at Virginia Tech and leading the men's basketball program," Johnson said. "I look forward to seeing a lot of you around Virginia Tech for a long time."
When Weaver announced Greenberg's dismissal last week, he cited a lack of a family atmosphere as a reason. To that, Johnson said, "We've always been a family environment. Our group of guys is a tight-knit group."
Johnson has never been a head coach before at any level. He said the only time he's even filled in was when his college coach at Ferrum, Bill Pullen, got thrown out of a game, and he had to fill in.
James Johnson will be introduced as Virginia Tech's new men's basketball coach during a 2 p.m. news conference Tuesday.
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Johnson is a former Hokie assistant, who left for an assistant's job at Clemson just two weeks ago.
His return to Blacksburg comes after Seth Greenberg was fired last week.
Two sources confirmed Monday that Johnson is the Hokies' new head coach.