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Aug 26, 2014 11:57 PM by Travis Clark

Johnston ready for kickoff

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Pat Johnston will take over the head coaching reins for the Tigers football program this year. This is the first head coaching job for Johnston, who spent the past six years coaching defensive backs and special teams with the Mustangs.

"I am used to working with guys who are 18 to 22 and now it's 14 to 18." Johnston said. "It's a very impressionable age, so I really love the opportunity to help them grow up as young men."

Sam Thompson, quarterback for the Tigers, likes the way the transition has gone.

"He brought a whole new package offensively and defensively. We have adapted and we look good in practice."

Johnston, who has worked under head coach of the Mustang Football team Tim Walsh, brings a little of Walsh's philosophy to his practices.

"If I can take anything away from Coach Walsh, aside from the fact that he really knows his football, is the relationship he builds with his players. He is one of the finest coaches I have ever been around that really develops those personal relationships."

The Tigers open up their season at Santa Ynez this Friday at 7:00pm.



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