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Monday, April 4, 2011

Fairfield hires Princeton's Sydney Johnson

The Fairfield Stags announced Monday night that the school has hired Princeton coach Sydney Johnson to become the 12th coach in program history.

Johnson replaces Ed Cooley, who left after five seasons to become the head coach at Providence. Cooley led the Stags to back-to-back 20-win seasons in his final two years, including a school-record 25-8 record this winter that led to the program first MAAC regular-season title since 1996.

Johnson, 36, led the Tigers to their first NCAA appearance since 2004 after beating Harvard in a one-game playoff for the Ivy league title at the Le Amphitheater. Princeton (25-7) went lost to Final Four participant Kentucky 59-57 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Johnson was 66-53 overall, including 34-22 in the Ivy League.

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