COACHES MOVE ON . . . The Louisiana State men's basketball program lost two coaches on Monday when head coach Trent Johnson, the former Stanford head coach, was officially named to the same position at TCU. Leaving LSU at the same time was one of Johnson's assistant coaches, former Stanford player and coach Nick Robinson. He was hired as the head coach at Southern Utah. Johnson will lead the Horned Frogs into the Big 12 Conference next season. Johnson's introduction Monday came a day after he resigned from LSU, where he spent the past four seasons and went 67-64. He has a 226-185 career record, having taken Stanford and Nevada to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament before going to LSU. Robinson, 32, who spent this past season as Johnson's executive assistant and one year as LSU's director of basketball operations, officially was named as Southern Utah's new head coach last Thursday. Southern Utah went 14-17 this past season and will be moving from the Summmit League to the Big Sky Conference. Robinson played at Stanford from 2001-05 and helped the Cardinal go 92-34 during that time. The team won a Pac-10 title in 2003-04 and Robinson gained fame by making a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to beat Arizona in Maples Pavilion on national TV. Robinson later spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Cardinal.
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Menlo College senior and Gunn High grad Sam Zipperstein has agreed to terms with the Kitsap Pumas of the Professional Development League, a professional men's soccer conference based in Bremerton, Wash. The Pumas are the league's defending champion. "I am very excited," said Zipperstein, an honorable mention NAIA All-American. "Kitsap has a good team, so I am excited to have a shot. I know that it is going to be a huge challenge but I am ready for it." Zipperstein scored four goals and recorded 18 assists in his two-year career at Menlo. He had 11 assists in the fall, helping the Oaks win their first-ever Cal Pac Conference title and a berth in the national playoffs. "Sam's a really hard working guy and it's nice that it paid off for him," Menlo coach Mike Keller said. "The coaching staff and the program are fired up for him. It's a great opportunity and it's nothing but excitement for Sam."
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