Walton has 73-37-1 record at Robert Morris

Updated: April 28, 2005, 10:29 PM ET

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania -- Robert Morris signed football coach Joe Walton to a four-year contract extension on Thursday.

The deal takes Walton, a former NFL coach with the New York Jets, through the 2009 season.

"Coaching at Robert Morris has been one of the best experiences that I've ever had," Walton said. "To continue to do something that I love and to do it at a place that I love is a tremendous honor."

Hired when Robert Morris adopted football in 1993, Walton has guided the Colonials to a 73-37-1 record, five Northeast Conference titles and a pair of I-AA mid-major national championships.

Walton spent 35 years in the NFL as a player, scout and coach. He coached the Jets from 1983-89 and also served as an assistant with the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.