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Paul Johnson (American football coach)

Paul Johnson
Johnson on the sidelines facing Clemson in 2008
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Georgia Tech
Conference ACC
Record 61–41
Biographical details
Born (1957-08-20) August 20, 1957
Newland, North Carolina
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1982 Lees–McRae (OC)
1983–1984 Georgia Southern (DL)
1985–1986 Georgia Southern (OC)
1987–1994 Hawaii (OC)
1995–1996 Navy (OC)
1997–2001 Georgia Southern
2002–2007 Navy
2008–present Georgia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 168–80
Bowls 4–7
Tournaments 14–3 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2 Division I-AA (1999–2000)
5 SoCon (1997–2001)
1 ACC (2009)
4 ACC Coastal Division (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014)
Eddie Robinson Award (1998)
2x AFCA Division I-AA Coach of the Year (1999–2000)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (2004)
SoCon Coach of the Year (1997–1998)
ACC Coach of the Year (2008, 2009, 2014)

Paul Johnson (born August 20, 1957) is an

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  1. ^ Due to NCAA sanctions, Georgia Tech was forced to vacate all contests won after November 24, 2009 during the 2009 season, which included the ACC Championship victory.[14] The school submitted an appeal of these sanctions on September 9, 2011, which was denied.[15][17]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Southern Conference) (1997–2001)
1997 Georgia Southern 10–3 7–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
1998 Georgia Southern 14–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division I-AA Championship
1999 Georgia Southern 13–2 7–1 T–1st W NCAA Division I-AA Championship
2000 Georgia Southern 13–2 7–1 1st W NCAA Division I-AA Championship
2001 Georgia Southern 12–2 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal
Georgia Southern: 62–10 36–4
Navy Midshipmen (NCAA Division I-AA / FBS independent) (2002–2007)
2002 Navy 2–10
2003 Navy 8–5 L Houston
2004 Navy 10–2 W Emerald 24 24
2005 Navy 8–4 W Poinsettia
2006 Navy 9–4 L Meineke Car Care
2007 Navy 8–4* Poinsettia*
Navy: 45–29 *Poinsettia Bowl coached by Ken Niumatalolo
Atlantic Coast Conference) (2008–present)
2008 Georgia Tech 9–4 5–3 T–1st (Coastal) L Chick-Fil-A 22 22
2009 Georgia Tech 10–3 [Note 1] 7–1 1st (Coastal) L Orange 13 13
2010 Georgia Tech 6–7 4–4 T–3rd (Coastal) L Independence
2011 Georgia Tech 8–5 5–3 T–2nd (Coastal) L Sun
2012 Georgia Tech 7–7 5–3 T–1st (Coastal) W Sun
2013 Georgia Tech 7–6 5–3 T–2nd (Coastal) L Music City
2014 Georgia Tech 11–3 6–2 1st (Coastal) W Orange 7 8
2015 Georgia Tech 3–6 1–5 (Coastal)
Georgia Tech: 61–41 38–24
Total: 168–80
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Head coaching record

Johnson met his wife, Susan (Propst), when both were students at Western Carolina University, and they married in 1980.[21] They are the parents of a daughter, Kaitlyn, who was born in 1993.[22]

Personal life

In 2014, Johnson led Georgia Tech to their fourth Coastal Division title during his tenure and a spot in the 2014 Mississippi State Bulldogs.[20]

In 2013, Georgia Tech led Georgia 20–0 in the 2nd quarter and 27–17 in the 4th quarter before losing 41–34 in double overtime. The Jackets finished the year 7–6 after a 23–17 loss to Ole Miss in the Music City Bowl.

In 2012, Johnson's Yellow Jackets got off to a slow start at 3–5, when then Defensive Coordinator Al Groh was terminated by Johnson. With Charles Kelly coaching the defense thereafter, Georgia Tech won its next three games, and clinched a spot in the 2012 Dr. Pepper ACC Championship game in Charlotte, N.C. Though the Jackets were defeated by Florida State 21–15, the Tech Defense shut out the Seminoles in the second half. GT capped off the season with a 21–7 win over the preseason #1 team in the country, Southern California, in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

In 2011, Johnson has led to the team to its first 6–0 start since 1966 and set a number of school offensive records in the team's 66–24 blowout of Kansas. Johnson proceeded to lose two consecutive games to Virginia and Miami before defeating then #5 Clemson 31–17. The team finished the regular season with an 8–5 record; after losing to Utah in the Sun Bowl on December 31, 2011.

In 2010, Joshua Nesbitt. The team finished the regular season 6–6 and lost in the Independence Bowl to Air Force 14–7.

Following the end of the regular season, Johnson received ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive year, becoming the only Georgia Tech head coach in history to win the award in his first two seasons. The Yellow Jackets were paired in the Orange Bowl with the 10th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa beat Georgia Tech 24–14, sending Johnson to 0–2 in bowls at Georgia Tech.

[17][16][15][14] In 2009, Johnson led the

Johnson's 2008 Georgia Tech team featured one first-team [12] Johnson was also named 2008 National Coach of the year by on the same day.

In 2008, Johnson led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to a 9–4 record.[2] Georgia Tech was 6–1 at home in games played at Chick-Fil-A Bowl, where they were defeated by LSU, 38–3.

On December 7, 2007, Johnson accepted the head coaching job at the first Yellow Jacket team would win three games and finish fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division.

Georgia Tech

Much of Johnson's success was predicated on his [8]

Johnson dominated the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy competition, going 11–1 (.917) in his six years, with the only loss against another service academy coming at the hands of Air Force in his first season. He was the first coach in Navy's history to go 6–0 in his first six seasons against Army (Ken Niumatalolo, who followed Johnson at Navy, is 7-0 against Army), and his 2006 senior class was the first in Navy history to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy all four of their years.

The 2005 Navy squad recorded a mark of 8–4, highlighted by victories over Army, Air Force, and Colorado State in the inaugural Poinsettia Bowl. In 2007, Johnson coached the Midshipmen to their first win over rival Notre Dame since 1963, winning 46–44 in triple-overtime.

The 2003 team completed the regular season with an 8–4 mark, including wins over both Air Force and Army, and earned a berth in the Houston Bowl, Navy's first bowl game since 1996. However, the Midshipmen lost to Texas Tech, 38–14. In 2004, Johnson's team posted the program's best record since 1957, finishing the regular season at 9–2 and once again earning a bowl berth, this time in the Emerald Bowl. There Johnson coached the Midshipmen to a win over New Mexico, 34–19, the fifth bowl win in the school's history. The win gave Navy 10 wins on the season, tying a school record that had stood since 1905. For his efforts, Johnson received the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.

In 2002, Johnson departed Georgia Southern and returned to Navy as head coach. Johnson's initial season saw the Midshipmen win only two of 12 games, though the season ended on a high note with his first victory over Army. Subsequently, Johnson's teams enjoyed a high degree of success.

Paul Johnson at a Navy game against the Duke Blue Devils in 2004.


Johnson is one of only four coaches to record 50 wins in his first four seasons as head coach at the Division I level.[7]

Johnson began his head coaching career by returning to Georgia Southern, which he led from 1997 through 2001. During his tenure, the Eagles captured the Division I-AA National Championship twice more in 1999 and 2000, and finished as runner-up in 1998. During his tenure as head coach, they finished with a record of 62–10 (86.1% winning rate).[4]

In 1995 and 1996, he served as the offensive coordinator at the United States Naval Academy and brought his option offense with him. In 1996, Navy recorded its first winning season in 14 years, going 9–3 with a victory in the Aloha Bowl. Their 9–3 record was the best since 1978 and their 392 points scored were the most in school history up to that point.[6]

He then spent eight seasons as offensive coordinator at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1987 to 1994. Their offense averaged 372 points scored per season during his 8 years there and won 54 games.[5] While at Hawaii he would coach future collegiate head coach Ken Niumatalolo. In 1992 they would finish with their best record in school history at 11–2, including a win in the Holiday Bowl over the University of Illinois. They would also win the Western Athletic Conference title that season.

Johnson started his college career at offensive coordinator for consecutive NCAA Division I-AA National Football Championships teams in 1985 and 1986. From 1983–1986 they would win 40 games and score 619 points in 15 games in 1986.[4] Those teams were led by QB Tracy Ham who would go on to be a successful QB in the Canadian Football League.

Johnson earned his bachelor of science degree in physical education from Western Carolina University in 1979, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order.[3] He did not play college football.[2] He also earned a master of science in health and physical education from Appalachian State University in 1982.

Early life and education


  • Early life and education 1
  • Navy 2
  • Georgia Tech 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Head coaching record 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

He is noted for his use of the flexbone spread option style of offense.[2]

Previously, Johnson served as the head coach at NCAA Division I-AA Football Championships in 1999 and 2000.


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