By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson has retired, according to The Athletic. He had just completed his 11th season at the school.
The 61-year-old has been the team’s head coach since the 2008 season. He was 82-59 during his tenure.
“After 40 years of coaching, it’s time to take a break,” Johnson said. “My family has sacrificed a lot over the years. I want to watch my daughter [Kaitlyn, a professional opera singer] perform and do some things with my wife [Susan] that we’ve never had a chance to do. It’s been a great run for the last 11 years here on The Flats.
“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and am looking forward to having the chance to coach this team one last time at our bowl game next month.”
This season, the team went 7-5. They finished second in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division with a 5-3 mark.
The Yellow Jackets trailed the Pittsburgh Panthers, who has a 6-2 mark in the division. The Panthers will face No. 2 Clemson Tigers on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game.
Georgia Tech went 4-2 at home this season. They were 3-3 on the road.
The 61-year-old Newland, North Carolina native was 189-98 as a head coach. He went 82-59 with the Yellow Jackets.
He also went 45-29 with the Navy Midshipmen. Johnson went 62-10 as the Georgia Southern Eagles head coach.
Prior to accepting the Georgia Southern job, he was the Midshipmen Offensive Coordinator in 1995 and 1996.
He was the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors Offensive Coordinator from 1987 through 1994. He was the Eagles Offensive Coordinator in 1985 and 1986.
He was the Eagles Defensive Line Coach in 1983 and 1984. Johnson was the Lees-McRae Bobcats Offensive Coordinator in 1981 and 1982.
He also was the Avery County High School (North Carolina) Vikings Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach in 1979 and 1980.