Johnson has both played and coached in the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Sendek tabs Eric Musselman and Larry Greer as assistant coaches.
Herb Sendek promoted Scott Pera to recruiting coordinator in the summer of 2008 after promoting him to assistant coach in June of 2007.
Pera's path is similar to that of current Drake Head Coach Mark Phelps, who had been part of Coach Sendek's staff for 12 years (1996-2008). Phelps joined Coach Sendek's North Carolina State staff in 1996 as the Wolfpack Director of Operations after a successful high school coaching career in Virginia. Pera coached both Derek Glasser and James Harden at Artesia High School, as he was one of the most successful prep coaches in recent California and Pennsylvania history and originally joined the ASU staff in June of 2006 as the operations director.
Harden would go on to earn 2008-2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year and was the third pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He also earned first-team consensus All-America honors in 2008-09, the first Sun Devil to earn the honor. Glasser finished his career as the schools' career leader in games played, assists and free throw percentage and is the only Sun Devil in ASU history to notch 1,000 career points and rebounds.
He posted an 11-year record of 258-65 at Artesia (Calif.) and Annville Cleona (Pa.) high schools, as he led Artesia in Lakewood, Calif., to the state title in 2005-2006 with a 33-1 record. Artesia was ranked second in the nation by Sports Illustrated, sixth by USA Today and earned the top ranking from MaxPreps.com. He also has extensive administrative experience as both an athletic director and tournament director.
He was the Los Angeles Times and Long Beach Press Telegram Southern California Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2006, and the CIF Division III AA and SCIBCA Division III AA Coach of the Year those same seasons.
Pera graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Penn State in 1989 and led his prep teams to seven league championships, two CIF Southern Section Division III championships, three 30-win seasons, a 102-9 record in home games and a 38-12 mark in the playoffs.
While at Artesia, Pera taught history (2000-02) and physical education (2005-06) in addition to serving as the athletic director from 2002-05.
Prior to his arrival at Artesia, Pera coached Annville Cleona High School to the Pennsylvania state title with a 30-3 mark. He was the Lancaster/Lebanon League "PA Coach of the Year" in 1999 and won the same honor from the Lebanon Daily News. He taught sixth grade in Anville from 1995-2000 and at Palmyra from 1993-95. He also served as an assistant coach at Elizabethtown College from 1992-93.
His additional experience includes serving as the director of the Reebok Summer Classic West in Los Angeles (2005), working with the ABCD Camp in Teaneck (N.J.) in 2005, serving as an assistant coach with the Roundball Classic West squad in Chicago (2005 and 2006), directing the Double Pump Day Camps at Cal State Northridge (2002 and 2003), working as a co-director of the Pennsylvania/Maryland Shootout (1997-2000), coaching at the Adidas Superstar Camp in Atlanta (2004) and serving as a Gym Coordinator at the Double Pump Easter Tournament in Las Vegas (2003 and 2004) and the Best of Summer Tournament in Los Angeles (2003 and 2004).
COACH PERA EDUCATION AND FAMILY
Degree Earned: B.A. from Penn State in 1989
Born: August 27, 1967
Family: Wife, Alyssa, and daughters Sydney and Brynn
COACH PERA COACHING EXPERIENCE
--Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Arizona State (2007-present)
--Operations Director, Arizona State (2006-2007)
--Overall record of 258-65 in 11 seasons as high school coach at Artesia (Lakewood, Calif.) and Annville Cleona (Pa.)
--Head Coach, Artesia High School in Lakewood, Calif., and went 33-1 in 2005-2006
--Also served as athletic director from 2002-05
--Coached at Annville Cleona High School in Annville, Pa., (1995-2000) and at Palmyra High School in Palmyra, Pa., (1993-95)
--Assistant Coach at Elizabethtown College from 1992-93