Jay Johnson (baseball coach)

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Jay Johnson
Current position
TitleHead coach
Team LSU
Conference SEC
Biographical details
Born (1977-04-20) April 20, 1977 (age 44)
Oroville, California
Playing career
1997–1998 Shasta
1999–2000 Point Loma Nazarene
Position(s)Second baseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001–2004Point Loma Nazarene (asst.)
2005Point Loma Nazarene
2006–2013 San Diego (Asst.)
2014–2015 Nevada
2016–2021 Arizona
2022–present LSU
Head coaching record
TournamentsNCAA: 17–7
Accomplishments and honors
  • MW Coach of the Year (2015)
  • Pac–12 Coach of the Year (2021)

Jay Bradley Johnson [1] (born April 20, 1977) [2] is an American baseball coach and former second baseman, who is the current head baseball coach of the LSU Tigers. He played college baseball at Shasta from 1997 to 1998 before transferring to Point Loma Nazarene. [3] He then served as the head coach of the Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions (2005), Nevada (2014–2015) [4] [5] [6] and the Arizona Wildcats (2016–2021).



Born and raised in Oroville, California, Johnson graduated from Oroville High School in 1995 and began his college baseball career at Shasta College, a junior college in Redding, California, in 1997. [2] [7] After two years at Shasta, Johnson transferred to Point Loma Nazarene in the 1998–99 school year to complete his college career. A second baseman and starter in the 1999 and 2000 seasons, he hit .326 for the Sea Lions as a senior. [4]

Coaching career

While completing his bachelor's degree in physical education, Johnson became an assistant coach at Point Loma Nazarene in 2001 and remained an assistant coach after graduating before being promoted to head coach for the 2005 season. [8] Johnson led the Sea Lions to a #6 national ranking in the NAIA and a division championship. [4]

On August 23, 2005, Johnson became an assistant coach at the University of San Diego. [9] The Toreros won three West Coast Conference championships and made four appearances in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship with Johnson on staff. [4]

On June 28, 2013, Nevada announced that Johnson would take over as head coach. [5]

In two seasons at Nevada, Johnson guided the Wolf Pack to a 72–42 record. In 2015, Nevada posted a 41–15 record and captured the school's first-ever Mountain West title with a 22–7 mark in league play. The Wolf Pack was ranked in the top 25 for much of the season and totaled a 13–1 record in series of at least three games. The 41 overall wins ranked second in program history. In 2015 Johnson was named Mountain West Coach of the Year.

In 2016 Johnson guided the wildcats to a seventh appearance in the College World Series where they ended up falling to Coastal Carolina in the championship series.

On June 24, 2021, Johnson left Arizona to become the head coach of the LSU Tigers. [10]

Head coaching records

Below is a table of Johnson's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach. [11]

Statistics overview
Point Loma Nazarene Sea Lions (Pacific West Conference)(2005–2005)
2005 Point Loma Nazarene 37–16
Loma Nazarene:37–16
Nevada Wolf Pack (Mountain West Conference)(2014–2015)
2014 Nevada31–2715–154th
2015 Nevada41–1522–71st
Arizona Wildcats Baseball (Pac-12 Conference)(2016–2021)
2016 Arizona 49–2416–143rd College World Series Runner-up
2017 Arizona 38–2116–144th NCAA Regional
2018 Arizona 34–2214–166th
2019 Arizona 32–2415–146th
2020 Arizona 10–50–0Season canceled due to COVID-19
2021 Arizona 45–1821–91st College World Series
LSU Tigers (Southeastern Conference)(2022–present)
2022 LSU0–00–0

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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