Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Dykes completes coaching staff
Arkansas women's basketball coach Jimmy Dykes speaks during a news conference Monday, April 14, 2014 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Jimmy Dykes hired TCU assistant coach Chris Johnson to his women's basketball staff at Arkansas on Thursday.
Johnson is the second new hire to Dykes' staff alongside former UA player Christy Smith. Tari Cummings, who has been an assistant coach for the Razorbacks the last three seasons, was retained by Dykes.
“He has a passion for the game and is committed to helping the Razorback women’s basketball program reach new heights," Dykes said of Johnson's hire. "Chris has the total package. He is a proven recruiter and is a good X’s and O’s coach. I’m looking forward to working with him."
With Johnson's hire, longtime Arkansas assistant Amber Shirey will move into an administrative role as director of basketball operations. Shirey has spent 16 combined seasons as an assistant coach with the Razorbacks and has been involved in the program in some capacity since her playing career began in 1989.
“Our staff is taking shape,” Dykes said. “It was important to take my time in selecting the right people to be a part of what we are trying to build at Arkansas. I know that when we run out of the tunnel next year, everyone on my staff and the team are working toward a common goal and will fight for each other.”
Johnson was a two-time all-American basketball player at Houston Baptist, which is a NAIA school.