We saw a note from Andrea Adelson from ESPN.com about the success Miami’s coaching staff from 2000-01 has since enjoyed in their careers. As Adelson provides, here is the list:
Rob Chudzinski – tight ends coach. Chud was recently named the head coach of the Cleveland Browns
Greg Schiano – defensive coordinator. Schiano took over at Rutgers in 2001, and is now the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Larry Coker – offensive coordinator. Coker was promoted to head coach after Butch Davis left to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns after the 2000 season. Coker is now the head coach at UTSA.
Chuck Pagano – defensive backs. Pagano is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
Mario Cristobal – graduate assistant. Cristobal was the head coach at Florida International from 2007-12, and is now in his third stint as an assistant at Miami.
After the staff shakeup at the conclusion of the 2000, the following future head coaches joined the staff.
Randy Shannon – defensive coordinator. Shannon took over for Schiano, and later took over for Coker as the Hurricanes’ head coach from 2007-10.
Mark Stoops – defensive backs. Pagano followed Davis to Cleveland, creating an opening for Stoops. He was named the head coach at Kentucky in November.
This brought to mind other staffs that went on to experience similar amounts of success.
For instance, here is a sampling of Mike Leach’s assistants in 2002:
Dana Holgorsen – inside receivers. Holgo is now the head coach at West Virginia.
Sonny Dykes – outside receivers. Dykes recently accepted the head coaching job at California after three seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Art Briles – running backs. Briles left after this season to take over at Houston, and has been the head coach at Baylor for five years.
Greg McMackin – defensive coordinator. McMackin was the head coach at Hawaii from 2008-11.
Ruffin McNeil – linebackers. McNeil is now the head coach at East Carolina.
Of course, this team, which came within one win of playing for the Big 12 championship, was quarterbacked by the Red Raiders current head coach, Kliff Kingsbury.
You can’t write a coaching tree article without mentioning the Nick Saban. Among Saban’s assistants on the 2002 squad were:
Jimbo Fisher – offensive coordinator. Fisher is now the head coach at Florida State.
Will Muschamp – defensive coordinator. Muschamp recently completed his second season as the head coach at Florida.
Mike Haywood – special teams coordinator/running backs. Haywood was the head coach at Miami (Ohio) from 2009-10.
Derek Dooley – tight ends/recruiting coordinator. Dooley was the head coach at Louisiana Tech from 2007-09 and at Tennessee from 2010-12.
Clearly, the book isn’t written on any of these staffs. For instance, three assistants on Leach’s staff have gone on to become coordinators elsewhere and may very well beome head coaches some day. Some branches never stop growing.