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David Johnson

Coach of the year

November 13, 2008

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Clan football coach David Johnson (right) is the 2008 Canada West Football Coach of the Year. Johnson successfully ended SFU’s three-year winless drought this season, and propelled the Clan back into the national scene and the playoffs for the first time in four years.

This season, in his second year as head coach, Johnson tied SFU’s record for wins in the regular season (5-3). The team went from having the worst turnover and rushing offence in the west, to leading Canada West in turnover margin and producing the second-best ground offence.

"David Johnson personifies a true coach, someone who is both a teacher and a motivator," says David Murphy, SFU’s senior director of athletics. "He has made our student-athletes believe. He has done an exceptional job of coaching our athletes, but also of holding them to a high standard off the field, particularly in the classroom."

Historic moments for the Clan this season included defeating the Saskatchewan Huskies for the first time since SFU moved to the CIS in 2002; winning the 2008 Shrum Bowl on a last-second field goal by Jeff Biles for SFU’s first Shrum Bowl victory over UBC since 2003; and their first playoff victory since 2003 with a 40-30 win over the Huskies.

SFU also ended a 25-game losing streak with their opening day victory over UBC, and ended a 15-game road-losing streak with the Shrum Bowl win.

"It’s incredibly humbling, but this award really is about our players," says Johnson. "They are the ones who have worked their tails off to get to this point, and they deserve all the credit."

Earlier, Clan cornerback Anthony DesLauriers got some special credit: He was named a 2008 Canada West All-Star.

The Clan’s Cinderella season ended, however, with a loss to Calgary in the western varsity final.

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