"We are excited to make known that Coach Johnson has earned this extension," said Director of Athletics Todd Turner. "We believe he is the right man to lead our program and are enthused about its direction and our future."
Johnson arrived in December of 2001 and despite a 2-10 mark in his first year, the team's improvement over the previous season was apparent. Five Commodores earned Southeastern Conference All-Freshman honors, and tailback Kwane Doster was named SEC Freshman of the Year.
"I appreciate the opportunity Vanderbilt has given me and my staff," Johnson said. "We are very comfortable here and look forward to a long and successful association."
The national media recognized Johnson's arrival at Vanderbilt. Numerous outlets, from the New York Times and Atlanta Journal Constitution to ESPN's SportsCenter and College Football GameDay, featured Johnson's approach to coaching last season.
Johnson posted a 60-36 record in eight years as head coach at Furman. He led the Paladins to a runner-up finish in the 2001 NCAA I-AA playoff, three other NCAA appearances and two Southern Conference championships.
Johnson also coached 2000 Walter Payton Award winner Louis Ivory. He was the National Coach of the Year in 2001 for Division I-AA.