Alabama’s football facility is widely regarded as one of college football’s elite. It has all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a top facility, and Nick Saban has also worked some unique details into the facility as part of The process of his approach to really set the Crimson Tide experience apart from everyone else.
Fresh off their title game loss to Clemson, Coiski Media shared their tour of the Alabama facility led by a few Crimson Tide staffers including director of football equipment Kyle Smith, and associate AD for Equipment Operations Jeffrey Springer.
Smith kicks off the tour with a look at the players locker room that meshes the tradition with some modern touches. One of the more cool things they showcase in the video is a “Fit Station,” which Alabama is the only Division I program in the country to have, and it has the ability measures each player’s foot in literally seconds to help match them with the best shoe options for their foot measurements. That’s another really interesting way that Nick Saban is trying to capture a unique edge with his program.
A little later on, Springer takes viewers through one of Saban’s unique traditions, in the “Pyramid of Success.”
It is something that Saban has done at each place he’s been, and it starts with the season schedule for the year.
“Every row has some sayings, and if you do everything on those rows, when you get to the top, you’ll be a champion,” Springer explains. “What will happen, is the week of that game, that team’s block will stay up in the team meeting room. On game day it will move, and it will be in the locker room. If we win the game, the block will be signed by the team, and it will go on the wall. If we were to lose, I would hold on to it, and it would just be a hole in the wall.”
Below is a screenshot of that wall from the video.
That’s a really cool idea.
Springer goes on to show off some graphics and messaging around the facility that help to communicate how the Alabama program has been built.
Alabama recently added a new twist to their NFL wall. Nearly all programs that have churned out NFL talent have a place in the facility to show them off, but I’ve always wondered about how much work it is to switch things out is when guys get traded, or sign somewhere else. Alabama has a really cool looking solution that that with their helmet wall that flashes the names, positions, and years the player was drafted on a visor within the helmet.
Really cool (and efficient) modern touch on a feature that every program has that, again, sets them apart just a bit.
Be sure to catch the full video to see what Alabama has to offer.