New head coach for Clan football team

February 7, 2007

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By Stuart Colcleugh

David Johnson is the new head coach of the SFU Clan football team. The former UBC Thunderbirds coach and Clan linebacker replaces Frank Boehres, who resigned after one season last December after the team finished 0-7-1 for 2006.

"We received a large number of applications for this position, and David was the unanimous choice of our student-athlete team captains, alumni, athletic department and coaching staff," says SFU recreation and athletics director Wilf Wedmann.

"He has a passion for this game, is committed to building a successful program, is a proven recruiter, and we believe he will have a positive impact on our student athletes in the short and long term."

Johnson, 41, who spent the past four years operating a business in Arizona, has been a football player or coach for more than 30 years. He played with the Clan in the mid 1980s, was defensive coordinator on the 1997 Vanier Cup-champion UBC T-Birds and was interim coach in 1998 when the T-Birds went 6-2 for the season.

Johnson's wife Suzanne and their three children will join him in Vancouver after the current school year in Arizona.

Johnson is the eighth head coach to lead the Clan football program.

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