Assistants served four seasons under head coach at LSU
Donny Guerinoni has completed one season as an assistant coach with the TCU men's basketball program after arriving in April 2012 from LSU alongside head coach Trent Johnson.
Guerinoni owns 11 years experience as a college coach, including each of the last nine working with Johnson. His primary responsibilities on Johnson's staff include scouting, game preparation, scheduling, recruiting and the skill development of TCU's guards.
A native of Sebastopol, Calif., Guerinoni possesses a long association with Johnson dating back to his days as a Nevada player from 1999 through 2001, when he was the first recruit to sign with Johnson's Wolf Pack program. Guerinoni later followed Johnson to Stanford, serving as the Director of Basketball Operations from 2004 through 2006 before being elevated to an assistant coach for two seasons (2006-08). He spent the all four seasons on Johnson's LSU staff as an assistant coach from 2008 through 2012 before making the move to TCU.
Guerinoni has experienced several highlights in his first decade as a college assistant. His teams have reached the postseason in six of his nine seasons at the Division I level, including four NCAA Tournament appearances and one Sweet 16 bid at Stanford. His first season at LSU saw him named one of college basketball's top-25 rising assistant coaches by BasketballScoop.com after the Tigers claimed the 2009 SEC regular-season championship. He twice has been invited to the prestigious Villa 7 Consortium, which brings together university athletic directors and the country's elite assistant basketball coaches in an effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.
Guerinoni aided in TCU's transition to the Big 12 Conference in his first year on campus in 2012-13, a season that saw the program record four wins over teams that advanced to postseason play. Included among the victories was the school's first-ever against a top-5 opponent, a 62-55 decision against No. 5 Kansas on Feb. 6.
Along with TCU's move to the Big 12 came an added importance of being able to sway top national recruits, a task Johnson's staff has embraced in its short time in Fort Worth. Guerinoni helped the Frogs land the top early signing class in school history in November 2012 featuring three nationally-rated commits in Texas prep commits Karviar Shepherd, Brandon Parrish and Michael Williams. The class, ranked among the nation's top 25 by some outlets, included one signee listed among the nation's top-50 players (Shepherd) and another among the top-150 (Parrish).
At LSU, Guerinoni helped the Tigers make two postseason appearances in four seasons, including an NCAA Tournament second-round run in 2009. Recruiting was one of his primary responsibilities at LSU, and among the staff's success stories was the ability to sign both Kentucky's Mr. Basketball and a McDonald's All-American in 2011-12.
Among the players Guerinoni helped tutor in Baton Rouge were 2009 All-SEC second teamer and former NBA guard Garrett Temple and 2009 SEC Player of the Year and current Sacramento King Marcus Thornton. He also was instrumental in the recruitment of Anthony Hickey, Ralston Turner and Justin Hamilton, each of whom earned All-SEC honors in their first year in the league in 2012.
Prior to his time at LSU, Guerinoni earned his first opportunity to coach at the Division I level when Johnson took over the Stanford program in 2004-05. The Cardinal posted an 80-47 record during the staff's tenure on The Farm with postseason appearances following each season. Guerinoni began his Stanford tenure as director of basketball operations and video coordinator before being promoted to assistant coach after his second year with the program.
A two-year standout guard for Johnson's first two teams at Nevada, Guerinoni first attended West Valley Community College in Saratoga, Calif., where he earned league MVP and first-team all-state honors while helping guide the Vikings to a pair of league championships under the tutelage of respected head coach Bob Burton.
After being recruited by Johnson to play at Nevada, Guerinoni earned Western Athletic Conference All-Academic honors and was one of the team's top 3-point shooters for both of his two seasons with the Wolf Pack. The top individual effort of his career came during his senior season in an 86-85 victory over Montana, when he recorded one of the nation's top shooting performances that season by making 7-of-9 attempts from 3-point range.
Following the conclusion of his playing career, Guerinoni spent two years as an assistant coach at West Valley Community College under Danny Yoshikawa before rejoining Johnson at Stanford.
Guerinoni received his bachelor's degree in business marketing from Nevada in 2002. He and his wife, Samantha, reside in Fort Worth.
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