By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Robert Morris University announced today that they’ve extended the contract of head football coach Joe Walton.

Walton, the only head coach in the 18-year history of the program, will coach the Colonials through the 2013 campaign.

“We are delighted that Coach Walton will be leading our football program through 2013,” Robert Morris A.D. Craig Coleman said. “He is synonymous with RMU football, and it will be meaningful for all of us at the University when he reaches the 20-year milestone.”

Coleman also announced today that at the conclusion of the 2013 season, Walton will step down as head coach and will serve as special assistant to the athletic director at Robert Morris.

“I wanted to coach 20 years with this program, because it really has been the love of my life, and that’s what’s important,” Walton said. “I’m confident that whoever succeeds me as head coach will carry on the tradition of Robert Morris football. I’m also extremely excited to stay on and help Dr. Coleman and the department of athletics in any way that I can.”

In his 18 years as head coach at Robert Morris, Walton has produced an overall record of 103-73-1 (.585).

Walton has led Robert Morris to six NEC regular-season championships in the 16-year history of the league, the most in NEC history. The Colonials own three outright titles (1997, 1999, 2000) while sharing three others (1996, 1998, 2010).

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