Entering his fourth year at LSU, Donny Guerinoni’s history with Johnson goes beyond coaching, as he was Johnson’s first recruit when he became the head coach for the University of Nevada. In now his eighth year as a member of Johnson’s staff, Guerinoni’s primary responsibilities include scouting, game preparation, scheduling, recruiting, and perimeter skill development.
With Johnson’s tutelage, Guerinoni has had a well-rounded experience, having had many different assignments across various positions. With recruiting as one of his primary responsibility over the last several years, Guerinoni along with the entire staff has helped LSU sign five new players in 2010-11 and three more for the 2011-12 season, which included both Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American.
During his time under Johnson, Guerinoni has experienced post-season play five of the last seven years, and the NCAA tournament four of the last seven. Highlights include a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2008, and an SEC Championship in 2009. Later that same year, Guerinoni was named as one of college basketball’s top 25 rising assistant coaches by Basketballscoop.com and over the last two years, has been invited to the prestigious Villa 7 Consortium. (The Consortium brings together the elite college basketball leaders in effort to prepare the next generation of college basketball leaders.)
A native of Sebastopol, Calif., Guerinoni first attended West Valley Community College in Saratoga as a member of the men’s basketball team. There, under well-respected head coach Bob Burton, Guerinoni helped guide the team to a pair of league championships while earning the conference MVP and first team All-State honors.
After being recruited by Johnson to play at Nevada, Guerinoni earned Western Athletic Conference All-Academic honors and was one of the team’s top three-point shooters. His wolf-pack career was highlighted by making seven of nine three-pointers in an 86-85 thriller against Montana on November 25, 2000- an effort that ranked as one of the top shooting performances in the country from outside the arc during that season.
Upon graduating from the University of Nevada with a B.A. in Business Marketing in 2002, Guerinoni spent two years as an assistant at West Valley Community College under Danny Yoshikawa.
He then rejoined Coach Johnson at Stanford University. Here he began his tenure as a member of Johnson’s staff in the role of director of basketball operations and video coordinator for the 2004-05 season. In this position, Guerinoni’s main responsibilities were to assist with scouting, video editing, the collection of opponent film, footage breakdown, equipment setup, camp operations, and the management and maintenance of both the video software as well as the recruiting database.
In 2005-06, Guerinoni was then promoted to assistant, while still performing his duties as the video coordinator for one more year. He has been a full time assistant ever since. In total, Guerinoni has 14 years invested in College Basketball, five as a player and nine as a coach.
Guerinoni was recently married this past August to the former Samantha Shepard.
The Guerinoni File
Years at LSU: Fourth
Birth Date: March 12, 1978
Hometown: Sebastopol, Calif.
College: Nevada, 2002
College Coaching Experience
2002-04: Assistant Coach West Valley Junior College
2004-06: Basketball Operations Stanford
2006-08: Assistant Coach Stanford
2008- Assistant Coach LSU