Alabama’s Nick Saban is regarded as one of the best coaches in college football, so it comes as no surprise that many young coaches would want to work under him. As Athlon Sports pointed out in a recent article, some coaches are willing to take the opportunity even if it means only a position on the Crimson Tide’s support staff.
The article chronicled the sacrifices made by some coaches to get a chance to further their careers. As the program pointed out on Twitter last week, Saban has mentored several coaches that have gone on to high profile college jobs or NFL head coaching jobs.
Most of them had assistant coaching positions on Saban’s staff. However, a more recent trend has seen young coaches take roles as analyst — positions that don’t have a hands on coaching component — in order to become a part of the coaching tree.
“I had to make a decision to leave a full-time job and go to Alabama and learn from Coach Saban and learn from his program and people on his staff. It was a growth opportunity for me to get underneath that umbrella and to use those experiences going forward,” analyst Keary Colbert told Athlon Sports.
The detour in the coaching career could pay off big time later on in the form of a lucrative assistant coaching position and maybe even more. Michigan State head coach Mike Dantonio, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and Georgia’s Kirby Smart are just a few of the college coaches to come from the Saban coaching tree. He’s also tutored NFL coaches Jason Garrett, Dan Quinn and Mike Mularkey.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) July 21, 2016