Just two years ago, Angie Johnson was an assistant coach on Florida State’s bench when Jasmine James’ buzzer-beating bucket knocked the Seminoles out of the NCAA Tournament.
But this season, Johnson and James will share a sideline as Johnson joins Andy Landers’ Lady Bulldogs staff.
“I’ve not talked about that with her yet,” Johnson said. “J.J. is a great player and it’s funny, she was one of the first kids to talk to me when I came for my interview and she is such an amazing young lady. I guess if somebody had to hit that shot, I’m glad it was her because she’s special. But that shot hasn’t come up in conversation yet.”
Johnson is one of two new assistant coaches announced by Landers on Thursday. He also hired former Alabama assistant Robert Mosley.
“I’m thrilled to have Coach Johnson and Coach Mosley working with Georgia basketball,” Landers said in a release. “Angie and Robert are outstanding coaches and bring great experience and enthusiasm to our staff.”
Johnson coached for 15 seasons at Florida State and was the recruiting coordinator that helped reel in the Seminoles’ top-10 classes in 2007 and 2009. Florida State made eight trips to the NCAA Tournament during her time there and advanced to the Elite Eight in 2010.
After spending the last 15 years at Florida State, moving to Georgia was a major decision for Johnson.
“This was tough because those people at Florida State are my family,” Johnson said. “I’d been there for a very long time and I felt that it was time to branch out and do something different. I’m thankful and grateful for this opportunity to come here to Georgia and coach with Andy Landers. Somebody is definitely looking out for me in my career path.”
Johnson, a native of Ashland, Ky., played at Louisville from 1987-91 and was an assistant coach at Wisconsin before going to Florida State.
Mosley had been an assistant at Alabama since 2010 and is the second current Georgia assistant with strong ties to Alabama. Joni Crenshaw played at Alabama and was an assistant there before coming to Georgia last year.
Mosley is a native of Mobile, Ala., and a 1999 graduate of Miles College. He went to Miles College and coached Birmingham Ramsey High School to four state titles in seven seasons before joining Alabama’s staff in 2010.
Johnson and Mosley replace Travis Mays and Cameron Newbauer who left in April. Mays returned to be an assistant at his alma mater Texas while Newbauer went to Louisville.
Georgia went 22-9 last season but was upset by Marist in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs return four starters who scored in double figures last season, including seniors James, Jasmine Hassell and Anne Marie Armstrong.