Robert Morris' Walton to retire after 2013 season

Robert Morris' Joe Walton will coach through the 2013 season before stepping down as the only head football coach in university history.

On Tuesday, athletic director Craig Coleman announced the Northeast Conference university has given Walton a two-year extension through the 2013 campaign, after which he will step down as the Colonials' head coach and serve as special assistant to the RMU athletic director.

Walton, 75, is in his 18th season at Robert Morris and has a 103-73-1 (.585) career record, including 0-3 this season.

Last year, Walton led the Colonials to their first NEC regular-season championship in 10 years and a conference-high sixth overall. In doing so, RMU earned the NEC's inaugural bid to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

"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."

"We are delighted that Coach Walton will be leading our football program through 2013," 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."

The football stadium at RMU is named after Walton.

He has enjoyed a distinguished coaching career, including as the New York Jets' head coach from 1983-89 (53-57-1 record) and offensive coordinator for the Jets, Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.