Air Force's Calhoun gets new 5-year deal

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Colorado Springs, CO ( - Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun has agreed to a new five-year contract that runs through the 2019 season, the school said Wednesday.

The announcement came six years after Calhoun, who has coached the Falcons since 2007, signed his last five-year deal.

The Falcons have been to seven bowl games in his eight years at the helm.

"Troy Calhoun has been a great inspiration to our future Air Force officers," athletic director Hans Mueh said in a statement. "His priorities in coaching are clearly in line with the goals of the Air Force Academy, so we are delighted to be able to extend Troy's contract for another five years."

Calhoun, 48, has a 59-44 record at Air Force, including a 10-3 mark this past season when he led the Falcons to a win over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

He tied the school record for a first-year coach with nine wins in 2007. The Falcons produced just the sixth 10-win season in program history in 2014.

An academy graduate, Calhoun served as an active-duty Air Force officer from 1989-95 and served on the coaching staffs at Air Force, Ohio University and Wake Forest before spending three years in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.

He was the offensive coordinator for the Texans in 2006 before being hired to coach Air Force.