March 5, 2015
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson was named Coach of the Year Thursday night by the Atlanta Sports Council. Johnson was honored during the 2015 Atlanta Sports Awards held at The Fox Theatre.
Johnson was one of three finalists for the Coach of the Year presented by The Home Depot. The award is given annually to an Atlanta high school, collegiate or professional coach whose dedication and commitment to coaching excellence is fostered in the lives of his/her athletes both on and off the field.
In his seventh year at Georgia Tech, Johnson led the Yellow Jackets to an 11-3 record and a 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl win over Mississippi State. Johnson was named 2014 ACC Coach of the Year. The Jackets, who led the nation with a school-record 342.1 rushing yards per game in 2014, finished the season ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 1990.
Under Johnson, Tech’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores have risen every year.
Georgia Tech opens its 2015 spring football practice March 23 and will hold its annual Spring Game on April 17 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.
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ABOUT THE ATLANTA SPORTS AWARDS
Created in 2006 by the Atlanta Sports Council, the Atlanta Sports Awards has become a way to rally the Atlanta sports community to recognize athletic excellence on a yearly basis. The Atlanta Sports Awards honors those who distinguish themselves from among the five million people living in Atlanta. That includes all professional sports teams, universities, junior colleges and more than 250 public and private high schools in Atlanta. For more information, visitwww.AtlantaSportsAwards.com.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA SPORTS COUNCIL
The Atlanta Sports Council (ASC), a division of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, facilitates the growth and development of sports in metro Atlanta by serving as an event recruiter. The organization plays an important role in improving the quality of life for residents in the region, works to drive economic growth and visibility, and acts as an advocate for the area teams and annual sporting events. For more information, visit www.AtlantaSportsCouncil.com.