Daily Archives: December 8, 2007

College Football News: Coach Paul Johnson from Midshipmen to Yellow Jackets

The planet-of-a-woman has chimed; Elvis has taken an intermission.

Georgia Tech’s football team has a new head coach:

Paul Johnson Named Georgia Tech’s Head Football Coach



ATLANTAPaul Johnson, a highly-successful coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for six seasons and previously at Georgia Southern, was named head football coach at Georgia Tech, athletic director Dan Radakovich announced at a press conference Friday.


Johnson is the 12th head coach in Yellow Jacket football history.


Paul Johnson is the best fit, the best choice for the Georgia Tech head coaching position,” Radakovich said. “He will educate young men, represent Georgia Tech at the highest level, he will win football games and play for championships.”


Johnson coached six years at Navy, which is scheduled to participate in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 20 against Utah. The 2007 Midshipmen won a fifth straight Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, earned a postseason bowl bid for the fifth consecutive year and beat Notre Dame for the first time since 1963.


Johnson is a finalist for the 2007 Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year.

In six seasons at Navy, Johnson compiled a record of 45-29. He recently completed his 11th season as a college head coach, compiling a career record of 107-39.


Johnson took over a Navy football program that was coming off the worst two-year span in its 123-year history (1-20) and had recorded just two winning seasons in the last 20 years. After a 2-10 mark in Johnson’s first year, the Midshipmen achieved what many thought was no longer possible at an Academy. Johnson brought the Midshipmen back into the national spotlight with a 43-19 (.694) record over the last four-plus years.

Read the rest of this exciting piece of news and watch the press conference here.