Johnson and Pearl first joined forces in 1999 when Johnson came to the University of Southern Indiana as an assistant coach, and the relationship continued when Pearl moved to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In the 12 seasons Johnson has assisted Pearl, their teams have combined to post a 268-87 (.755) record.
"It is really important to surround young people with good role models," Pearl said. "Ken is a very hard worker who genuinely cares about these kids. He has been with me longer than anyone on my staff and he knows how I expect things to be done. He sets the bar high for our student-athletes and provides them with the guidance and support they require to be successful."
Johnson has seen the Vols succeed both on the court--UT has advanced to three Sweet Sixteens and one Elite Eight in the last five seasons--in the classroom and in the community. In total during his five years in Knoxville, Tennessee basketball players have garnered 26 SEC Academic Honor Roll awards. The basketball program also has earned UT's Men's Community Outreach Team Award twice in the last five years.
At UWM, Johnson was responsible for working with the Panthers post players while also scouting opponents. During those four seasons, the Panthers posted an 86-38 record and received three postseason invitations, including a trip to the 2005 NCAA Tournament in which they advanced to the Sweet 16.
Johnson spent two seasons at USI as an assistant coach where he was responsible for video breakdown, scouting of opposing teams and individual player development.
During those two seasons, the Screaming Eagles posted a 51-10 record, won a Great Lakes Valley Conference championship and made two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. USI earned No. 1 rankings in both of Johnson's seasons and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
Prior to joining Pearl's coaching staff at USI, Johnson spent two seasons as an assistant coach of the Idaho Stampede of the Continental Basketball Association.
Johnson began his collegiate playing career at Southwestern Oregon Community College where he was named to the All-Freshman Team in his rookie season. He later earned All-Region honors as a sophomore at Salt Lake Community College. He then moved to College of Idaho, where he garnered NAIA District II All-Conference honors.
A 1993 graduate of College of Idaho with a degree in physical education, he helped lead the Coyotes to a NAIA District II championship and played for the 1991 NAIA National Championship.
And Johnson became a Tennessee graduate in 2010, as he received his master's degree in Sport administration.
Johnson and his wife, Amber, have two daughters, Makenzee Ruth and Kenley Jade.