The University of Arkansas at Monticello Department of Athletics has announced a promotion for Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Kris Johnson to the position of Associate Head Coach. The promotions is a reflection of Johnson’s continued investment in his role and responsibilities in his position as he continues to bolster the student-athlete experience on and off the court for men’s basketball.
“Kris has continued to provide a great experience for our student-athletes here at UAM over the years and his promotion is a way for us to thank and recognize him for his continued efforts in taking the men’s basketball program – and UAM Athletics – to new horizons,” stated Director of Athletics Padraic McMeel. “Chancellor Dr. Peggy Doss understands the efforts of Coach Johnson to UAM and it was important to her that we recognize him with this promotion.”
Johnson finished his third year with UAM after helping guide the Weevils to the Great American Conference tournament championship in 2020-21. A native of Kansas City, Mo., Johnson played in two NAIA National Tournaments for Northwestern. After a four-year playing career and playing in 109 games, he helped lead his 2006-2007 team to an Elite Eight finish, finishing his playing career with a record of 77-49, including two 20-win seasons. Johnson also earned a prestigious distinction by being selected as the 2009 NAIA Champions of Character award winner. Johnson has been elevated to Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach under the leadership of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kyle Tolin.
“We are really excited that Kris is being named associate head coach,” said Coach Tolin. “He has been a huge part of the success of our program over the last three years. He is a huge asset , and we are appreciative of all the long hours and hard work he puts in every day to make UAM basketball better. Kris embodies everything this program is about, and we are excited to continue this journey with him here. There is no more deserving of this title than Kris.”