May 2, 2012
FORT WORTH — TCU men’s basketball head coach Trent Johnson announced Wednesday the first two additions to his Horned Frog coaching staff in Donny Guerinoni and Brent Scott, who have been hired as assistant coaches.
Guerinoni and Scott join Johnson from LSU, where they spent four seasons as original members of his Tiger coaching staff. Both individuals also played for Johnson at different stops during his coaching career, Guerinoni (1999-01) at Nevada and Scott at Rice (1992-93).
“We are excited to be able to bring Donny and Brent here to TCU,” Johnson said. “Both men have been integral members of my coaching staff for the last several years, while I also had the opportunity to coach both during their college careers. Continuity and a sense of family will be important characteristics of our program here at TCU.”
Guerinoni owns 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. He 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 last four seasons on Johnson’s LSU staff as an assistant coach from 2008 through 2012.
Guerinoni has experienced several highlights in his first decade as a college assistant. His teams have reached the postseason in six of his eight 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.
Recruiting was one of Guerinoni’s 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 High School All-American in 2011-12. Among the players he helped tutor in Baton Rougue 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.
Scott, a longtime professional player who has spent the last fiveseasons in the college game as an assistant coach, served as an assistant under Johnson during each of the staff’s four years in LSU. Among his primary responsibilities on the Tiger staff included scouting, game preparation, recruiting and the skill development of the post players. Scott was a mentor to several of the Tigers’ top big men, including Thornton, Hamilton and former NBA center Chris Johnson.
Scott’s connection to Johnson dates back to his senior season at Rice in 1992-93, when Johnson joined the Owl staff as an assistant coach. That season, Scott finished his college career as Rice’s all-time leading scorer (1,906 points) and rebounder (1,049 boards), totals that still to this day rank No. 2 in the school’s record books. He was a three-time second-team All-Southwest Conference honoree (1991, 1992, 1993) who led the team in scoring his sophomore (16.9 ppg) and junior (15.8ppg) seasons before posting a career-high 17.3-point average as a senior.
After his successful college career, Scott put together a longprofessional run that saw him play for 16 different teams and in eight different leagues in five countries over 14 years. He reached the NBA in 1997 during a stint with the Indiana Pacers.
One assistant coach opening remains on Johnson’s staff that will be announced at a later date.