Earlier: Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson is retiring from coaching after 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets and 22 overall seasons as a head coach, according to multiple reports.
Johnson, who has been in Atlanta since 2008, led the Yellow Jackets to a 7-5 regular season and an upcoming bowl berth this season. He compiled an 82-59 overall record at Georgia Tech, including a conference championship in 2009.
ESPN 93.1’s Bill Shanks first reported the news of Johnson’s retirement. Jeff Schultz of The Athletic confirmed it a short time later.
Sources have told me that Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson will retire from coaching. Johnson has been at Georgia Tech since 2008. He compiled a 82-59 record in his 11 years on the job. Georgia Tech will be looking for a new head coach.
— BillShanks (@BillShanks) November 28, 2018
Paul Johnson is indeed retiring, a source tells me. @TheAthleticATL
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) November 28, 2018
An official announcement has not been made yet by Georgia Tech.
During his three head coaching stints at Georgia Southern, Navy and GT, Johnson won 189 games. His coaching trademark was a commitment to the triple option.
The scheme clearly had its share of success, leading him to 13 bowl games and five 1-AA playoff appearances.
However, the offense has also drawn criticism from Georgia Tech fans for being one-dimensional and limiting recruiting opportunities, since wide receivers and quarterbacks typically don’t want to play in.
Update: Johnson is officially stepping down, he announced.
“After 40 years of coaching, it’s time to take a break.”
— Georgia Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) November 28, 2018
Georgia Tech is officially in the market for a new head coach.