Jimbo Fisher knows there will be many head-coaching jobs will come open this off-season, and potential employers could target members of his staff to fill vacancies.
In fact, Fisher hopes it happens.
“I hope [ defensive coordinator Mark Stoops gets an offer.] When I was that guy, that’s what I wanted to do,” Fisher told ESPN.com on Monday. “Change is inevitable. You’ve got to have a plan for it and where you want to go and what you want to do. I hope he stays here forever. As long as I’m here, I want him as defensive coordinator. But I also want him to reach his dreams and goals to become a head football coach.”
Stoops, who is in his third season as the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator, may not be the only target on Fisher’s staff this off-season. Florida State is 8-1 this season, leads the ACC Atlantic Division and statistically dominates the ACC on both sides of the ball. The Seminoles lead the ACC in nine statistical categories including total offense, total defense, scoring offense and scoring defense.
It’s great to see Fisher encourage his assistants to find bigger and better jobs for a few reasons. First, he wants to reward his assistants’ hard work. Like every other head coach, Fisher rose through the ranks as an assistant and wants to pay the help he got along the way forward to his assistant coaches.
Next, Fisher’s philosophy benefits his program because it will only make working on his staff more attractive to any future assistant coaches. Any potential hire that wants to one day become a head coach will be eager to work for someone that wants him to realize his goals. Finally, Fisher’s philosophy demonstrates a great level of confidence in himself and his system to win no matter what assistants he may lose.
If change does indeed come to Fisher’s staff, he’ll be prepared.
“You hope your system helps develop head coaches. I love that,” Fisher said. “I want to be known as that. It makes the other top assistants want to come and makes other people want to be here. You have good players, you have a good system, you’re organized well, you understand the big picture and what you want. I think that’s another thing — just like players want to come somewhere to get developed, hopefully coaches can do the same thing.”
Fisher is far from the only head coach across the country that thinks this way, credit him for putting his thoughts out there.