Longtime Cypress College men's basketball coach Don Johnson passed away on the morning of February 6. Coach Johnson, 88, leaves behind his wife, Colette, and three children.
Johnson was a consensus All-American and an all-conference honoree as a senior under Coach John Wooden at UCLA in 1952. After graduating from UCLA, Johnson went into coaching and became the long-time successful head coach of the Cypress Chargers.
At Cypress, Johnson guided the Chargers to two state titles and seven conference titles. He ranks fourth all-time in wins with 588 victories at the California community college level. Overall, he was 588-259. In 2009, Cypress College dedicated the court to Johnson.
In 1992, he was inducted into the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame. He was also enshrined into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame and Cypress College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Coach Johnson was a valued member of the athletics department and the community. He frequented Cypress basketball games and would meet with the team before each season to connect players with the storied history of the Chargers' program.
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