Mike Houston at James Madison

Former Citadel coach Mike Houston has signed a 10-year contract extension with James Madison. (JMU Athletics)

Mike Houston's name comes up often in college coaching searches.

And why not? The former Citadel coach turned around the Bulldogs' program in just two seasons, and is 27-1 with an FCS national championship in two years at James Madison.

But it looks like Houston will be at JMU for a while. He has signed a 10-year contract extension with the Colonial Athletic Association school, announced Tuesday. The extension keeps Houston under contract through the 2027 season.

"James Madison is a special place. Amanda, our boys and I want to be here and consider this home," said Houston, whose 13-0 team plays host to South Dakota State in the FCS semifinals this week.

"JMU approached me in in the second half of the regular season to discuss an extended contract. During negotiations, there was significant interest from multiple FBS programs. Throughout the process, JMU was proactive in wanting to make a long-term commitment while ensuring that our staff could remain intact. I've turned down opportunities at the FBS level, and I did it because I believe in James Madison University."

James Madison athletic director Jeff Bourne calls Houston "a perfect fit" for the school.

"While Mike's accomplishments on the field speak loudly, his most valuable role is guiding the student-athletes in our program, teaching them about leadership and about life, helping them to succeed in the classroom and building a culture of genuine care and compassion for each other," Bourne said. "We look forward to many more victories on and off the field with Mike Houston at James Madison."

Houston came to The Citadel from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2014 and went 5-7 in his first season. In his second year, the Bulldogs went 9-4 and won the first of two straight Southern Conference titles.

Reach Jeff Hartsell at 843-937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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