Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson stepping down

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Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson watches play against Clemson during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson is stepping down, he announced on Wednesday.

Johnson has been coaching the team for 11 seasons.

“After 40 years of coaching, it’s time to take a break,” Johnson said in a press release. “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.”

WXIA reports he had just signed a contract extension that lasts until 2022.

“Aside from Bobby Dodd, no head coach in Georgia Tech football history has won more games in his first 10 seasons than Paul Johnson,” Athletic Director Todd Stansbury said in a statement at the time of the contract extension in April.

Johnson was hired in 2007. He has led the Yellow Jackets to eight bowl appearances. The Yellow Jackets earned two Orange Bowl berths in 2009 and 14, winning it in 2014. 

Johnson will serve as head coach through its upcoming bowl game.

Some story info via 11Alive News

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