Paul Johnson

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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is the current head coach for the Georgia Tech Football team. He came to his current position in 2008.[1] Since that time, Georgia Tech's football team has done extremely well, going 20-7 (.741), including a 12-4 mark in ACC play. On top of that fairly impressive record, Johnson led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to an ACC Championship victory in 2009. [1]


Early Life and Education

Johnson was born on August 20, 1957 in Newland, North Carolina. He graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Physical Education. Johnson then went on to receive his Masters degree in Health and Physical Education from Appalachian State University in 1982. [2]

Coaching Experience Prior to Georgia Tech

Paul Johnson's first coaching job was in Hawaii for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was the offensive coordinator there for seven years. Johnson helped lead the Rainbow Warriors to their first conference championship and winning season.

After he left Hawaii, he landed his first head coaching job at Georgia Southern University. He coached there for four years and won the NCAA Division I-AA National Football Championships two of those four years. He used his option offense and it made him very successful.

In 2002, Johnson accepted the head coaching position at the Naval Academy. His first year, the Midshipmen had a rocky start posting a 2-10 record. But the team has done much better since then. In Johnson's years at the Navy he picked up some notable victories against Texas Tech (38-14), New Mexico (34-19), Colorado State, Notre Dame (46-44), and the Army each time they faced them. Johnson received the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for having an 11-1 record against the Army and Air Force in his six years at the Navy. Paul Johnson took a decent team in 2002 and turned them into a team that consistantly had winning seasons.

Coaching at Georgia Tech

In 2007, Paul Johnson was hired to coach the Georgia Tech football team after spending five years with the Navy. He came in as the twelfth head coach in Georgia Tech's history in December of 2007. Johnson has been at Tech for three seasons now. During the current season (2010) Johnson and the Yellow Jackets have a record of 6-6 and are bowl eligible. The team has been bowl eligible for the past 14 years, tying with the University of Georgia as the fourth longest bowl eligibility streak in the nation. [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Paul Johnson, Tech Official Athletic Site,
  2. Paul Johnson (American Football Coach) on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
  3. Georgia Tech-Georgia Game Notes, Tech Official Athletic Site,
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