THE FLATS – Paul Johnson, a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and Georgia Tech’s winningest football coach in more than five decades, has elected to step down as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach, he announced on Wednesday.
“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.”
With an 82-59 record in 11 seasons at Georgia Tech, Johnson is the fourth-winningest coach in school history in terms of both victories and winning percentage (.582). The only coaches that have ever won more games at Georgia Tech – John Heisman, William Alexander and Bobby Dodd – are all inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame and only Dodd won more games (91) than Johnson in his first 11 seasons on The Flats.
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