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Paul Johnson re-enlists as Navy football coach

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Annapolis, MD (Sports Network) - The Naval Academy on Wednesday extended the contract of head football coach Paul Johnson through the 2009 season.

"Paul has delivered a level of professionalism, knowledge and focus to a program that truly needed a jump start. He has accepted the challenge and the entire community is realizing the rewards," said director of athletics Chet Gladchuk.

enters its December 6th showdown against at 7-4, ensuring itself just its third winning season in the last 20 years. A win in the annual matchup would give the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for the first time since 1981.

Johnson has turned around a football program that suffered the worst two-year stretch in its 122-year history prior to his arrival, going 1-20 between the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

The Midshipmen rank first in the nation in rushing, averaging a school-record 323.1 yards per contest, and beat a ranked opponent this season for the first time since 1985.

"I'm excited about the commitment the Naval Academy has made to the football program and our coaching staff," said Johnson. "This year has been one of my most enjoyable years in coaching as our players have given us a total commitment since day one and the support has been tremendous, especially the support from the Brigade of Midshipmen."

Prior to joining the Naval Academy, Johnson posted a 62-9 record in five seasons with the Southern Eagles.

Johnson won consecutive I-AA National Championships (1999 and 2000), five straight Southern Conference championships, and was also named Division I-AA National Coach of the Year four straight times (1997-2000).
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