(Minneapolis, MN) -- Ben Johnson is returning to his alma mater. Minnesota has named Johnson its next men's basketball coach. The Minneapolis native graduated from Minnesota in 2005. He played two seasons for the Gophers after two years at Northwestern. The 40-year-old Johnson previously served as an assistant at Minnesota from 2013-18 before joining Xavier the last three seasons. He replaces Richard Pitino, who was fired last week after eight seasons with the program.