Nessman has never been a D-I head coach
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose State will hire California assistant George Nessman to be its new head basketball coach.
The school will make the official announcement of the successor to Phil Johnson at a news conference Tuesday, athletic department spokesman Lawrence Fan said Monday night.
San Jose State just finished a 6-23 season, leading to Johnson's resignation.
Nessman, who was at Cal for one season, has never been a head coach at a Division I school. He posted a 209-104 record in junior college, where he coached at Porterville College from 1993-2001 and Bakersfield College from 2002-04.
Nessman was also the head coach from 1984-93 at De La Salle High School in Concord, where he coached future NBA players Jon and Brent Barry.
Johnson was originally hired as San Jose State's coach before the 1998-99 season. The Spartans went 12-16 -- but Johnson then left the school for a 2½-year stint as Tim Floyd's assistant with the NBA's Chicago Bulls.
Johnson returned to San Jose State in 2002. He had a 31-83 record with the Spartans.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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