Sporting Information ranks the FBS coaches from 1-130 earlier than each school soccer season, and for the fourth consecutive 12 months, Nick Saban is on the high.
That may stir some debates figuring out Clemson coach Dabo Swinney led the Tigers to 2 nationwide championships in three years – together with final 12 months’s 44-16 blowout towards Saban and the Crimson Tide. These two are the one lively coaches with a nationwide title at their present college. Jimbo Fisher is the latest lively coach to win a nationwide title apart from Saban and Swinney, although Mack Brown and Les Miles’ return to the faculty sport provides school soccer 5 lively nationwide title-winning coaches in 2019.
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How does SN rank these coaches? How did we rank your complete 130-coach subject? We take a look at profession accomplishments, considering what they’ve achieved lately. When it acquired tight, we picked the coach we might soak up a head-to-head matchup. It is not an ideal science, but it surely’s our science and we’re sticking to it.
The Huge Ten led the best way with seven coaches in our high 25, adopted by the SEC with six. The Huge 12 has 5 top-25 coaches. The Pac-12 had 4, and the ACC has two.
Listed below are Sporting Information’ high coach rankings forward of 2019 (last 12 months’s rankings in parentheses):
130. Walt Bell, Massachusetts (NR)
129. Will Healy, Charlotte (NR)
128. Brent Brennan, San Jose State (126)
127. Mike Houston, East Carolina (NR)
126. Tom Arth, Akron (NR)
125. Scot Loeffler, Bowling Inexperienced (NR)
124. Dana Dimel, UTEP (128)
123. Mike Bloomgren, Rice (127)
122. Sean Lewis, Kent State, (129)
121. Steve Campbell, South Alabama (130)
120. Mike Neu, Ball State, (122)
119. Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois (NR)
118. Jake Spavital, Texas State (NR)
117. Tony Sanchez, UNLV (112)
116. Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina (107)
115. Randy Edsall, Connecticut (97)
114. Shawn Elliott, Georgia State (98)
113. Doug Martin, New Mexico State (104)
112. Eliah Drinkwitz, Appalachian State (NR)
111. Matt Viator, Louisiana-Monroe (115)
110. Mike Sanford Jr., Western Kentucky (111)
109. Philip Montgomery, Tulsa (95)
108. Frank Wilson, UTSA (103)
107. Tim Lester, Western Michigan (102)
Lowdown: Regardless of a late-season slide, Lester led the Broncos to a 7-6 report and a bowl look, and WMU can be a stylish decide to take the following step within the MAC this season. Lester is heading in the right direction at his alma mater.
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106. Bob Davie, New Mexico (102)
105. Mike Bobo, Colorado State (88)
104. Chuck Martin, Miami (105)
103. Bobby Wilder, Outdated Dominion (94)
102. Chip Lindsey, Troy (NR)
101. Gary Andersen, Utah State (NR)
100. Sonny Dykes, SMU (101)
99. Chris Creighton, Jap Michigan (106)
98. Jay Hopson, Southern Miss (91)
97. Nick Rolovich, Hawaii (113)
96. Billy Napier, Louisiana (124)
95. Willie Fritz, Tulane (108)
94. Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern (125)
93. Jay Norvell, Nevada (121)
92. Troy Calhoun, Air Drive (76)
91. Craig Bohl, Wyoming (80)
90. Chris Ash, Rutgers (83)
89. Rod Carey, Temple (92)
88. Lovie Smith, Illinois (84)
87. Blake Anderson, Arkansas State (75)
86. Lance Leipold, Buffalo (109)
85. Kalani Sitake, BYU (85)
84. Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech (78)
83. Doc Holliday, Marshall (74)
82. Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic (43)
81. Jim McElwain, Central Michigan (89)
80. Hugh Freeze, Liberty (NR)
Report: 22-28 (0-0)
Lowdown: Regardless of the forfeits and the scandal that ended his tenure at Ole Miss, Freeze is again on the FBS stage and may make the Flames attention-grabbing within the FBS. Will success lead Energy 5 packages to purchase again in?
79. Mike Locksley, Maryland (NR)
78. Mel Tucker, Colorado (NR)
77. Seth Littrell, North Texas (73)
76. Matt Wells, Texas Tech (99)
75. Jason Candle, Toledo (61)
74. Rick Stockstill, Center Tennessee State (93)
73. Ken Niumatalolo, Navy (45)
72. Jonathan Smith, Oregon State (86)
71. Charlie Sturdy, South Florida (33)
70. Chris Klieman, Kansas State (NR)
69. Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech (92)
68. Manny Diaz, Miami, Fla. (NR)
67. Tom Allen, Indiana (71)
66. Rocky Lengthy, San Diego State (70)
65. Chad Morris, Arkansas (62)
64. Justin Wilcox, Cal (68)
63. Mike Norvell, Memphis (56)
62. Matt Luke, Ole Miss (66)
61. Steve Addazio, Boston Faculty (52)
60. Kevin Sumlin, Arizona (38)
59. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati (100)
58. Butch Davis, Florida Worldwide (67)
57. Frank Solich, Ohio (48)
56. Dana Holgorsen, Houston (31)
55. Josh Heupel, UCF (96)
Lowdown: Heupel led the Knights to a 12-1 report in his first season, however that run ended with a loss within the Fiesta Bowl to LSU. How does UCF preserve the momentum going because the lead New 12 months’s Day Six buster heading into 2019?
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54. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee (44)
53. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt (60)
52. Bryan Harsin, Boise State (42)
51. Jeff Tedford, Fresno State (69)
50. Jeff Monken, Military (77)
49. Scott Satterfield, Louisville (58)
48. Willie Taggart, Florida State (35)
47. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia (51)
46. Invoice Clark, UAB (57)
45. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest (46)
44. Herm Edwards, Arizona State (87)
43. Mario Cristobal, Oregon (72)
42. Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh (50)
41. Matt Rhule, Baylor (64)
40. Barry Odom, Missouri (54)
39. P.J. Fleck, Minnesota (41)
38. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech (24)
37. Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State (65)
36. Will Muschamp, South Carolina (32)
35. Dave Doeren, North Carolina State (39)
34. Dino Babers, Syracuse (81)
33. Mark Stoops, Kentucky (53)
32. Jeff Brohm, Purdue (37)
31. Clay Helton, USC (17)
30. Les Miles, Kansas (NR)
Report: 142-55 (0-0)
Lowdown: Miles is again within the school sport – one among 5 lively coaches with a nationwide championship. He is additionally taking over the hardest Energy 5 job in Kansas. Miles renovated Oklahoma State within the Huge 12 earlier than taking the LSU job. The Jayhawks can be extra attention-grabbing, however will victories observe?
29. Chip Kelly, UCLA (18)
28. Scott Frost, Nebraska (28)
27. David Cutcliffe, Duke (30)
26. Neal Brown, West Virginia (59)
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No. 25: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Final 12 months: 27 (+2)
Lowdown: Ferentz is getting into his 21st season in Iowa Metropolis, the longest lively steady run at one college within the FBS. Ferentz has led the Hawkeyes to 6 straight successful seasons, however the competitors inside the division is getting higher. It will likely be a problem to maintain up.
No. 24: Mack Brown, North Carolina
Final 12 months: NR
Report: 244-122-1 (69-46 at North Carolina)
Lowdown: Brown is again within the school sport, and he is one among 5 FBS coaches with a nationwide championship. The return to Chapel Hill is intriguing, and Brown made some wonderful selections for his assistants. He is the second-highest ACC coach on this listing. That is a daring selection, however Brown appears desirous to show it once more.
No. 23: Matt Campbell, Iowa State
Final 12 months: 34 (+11)
Report: 54-34 (19-19 at Iowa State)
Lowdown: Campbell is a charismatic younger coach who’s dedicated to Iowa State, and he had the Cyclones within the Huge 12 championship dialog in November final season. Campbell will at all times be a candidate to maneuver up the ranks, however he is in place proper now.
No. 22: Ryan Day, Ohio State
Final 12 months: NR
Lowdown: Day inherits the highest program within the Huge Ten from City Meyer, and that alone makes it a problem to rank him. This may be too low contemplating the improvements Day made as an assistant to the offense, however he’ll must show as head coach it within the massive video games. There are 5 Huge Ten coaches ranked forward of him, and all of them are on the schedule this season. We’ll make him show it that means.
No. 21: Kyle Whittingham, Utah
Final 12 months: 25 (+3)
Lowdown: Regular success is Whittingham’s calling card, and the Utes are the defending Pac-12 South champions. Whittingham has acquired this far with a no-frills strategy on offense and protection and excellent particular groups play, and that is why he stays within the high 25 on this listing.
No. 20: Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Final 12 months: 15 (-5)
Lowdown: Gundy noticed a run of three straight 10-win seasons snapped final 12 months, however the Cowboys have loved 13 consecutive successful seasons on his watch and have remained within the thick of the Huge 12 race on a constant foundation. A 2-12 report towards Oklahoma is a ding, however Gundy’s monitor report stays stable.
No. 19: Gus Malzahn, Auburn
Final 12 months: 13 (-6)
Report: 62-30 (53-27)
Lowdown: What are we imagined to do with Malzahn? Auburn might win the SEC West or lose six video games any given season, and the year-to-year unpredictability makes this offensive-minded coach robust to rank. There’s extra on the road with LSU and Texas A&M bettering, so Malzahn – the No. 6 SEC coach on this listing – higher show it in 2019.
No. 18: Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern
Final 12 months: 23 (+5)
Lowdown: The Wildcats have improved services and are coming off their first look within the Huge Ten championship sport. It is a dream come true each day for the previous Northwestern linebacker, and he continues to win with class. These values will not change with extra success in Evanston.
No. 17: Mike Leach, Washington State
Final 12 months: 29 (+12)
Report: 133-83 (49-40 at Washington State)
Lowdown: Leach has it trending in the proper course in Pullman with 20 wins over the past two seasons. He is essentially the most quotable coach in school soccer, and the system continues to supply prolific outcomes. A 1-6 report within the Apple Cup, nonetheless, is a blemish on this resume.
No. 16: Paul Chryst, Wisconsin
Final 12 months: 14 (-2)
Report: 61-31 (42-12 at Wisconsin)
Lowdown: The Badgers had an off 12 months, however they’re 32-9 underneath Chryst the final three seasons. That is the fifth-best report amongst Energy 5 coaches. He has caught with the values which have made Wisconsin a Huge Ten energy for a quarter-century. If the Badgers can throw the ball extra successfully, then that long-awaited Playoff appearances might observe.
No. 15: Ed Orgeron, LSU
Final 12 months: 36 (+21)
Report: 41-36 (25-9 at LSU)
Lowdown: What a distinction a 12 months makes for Coach O. He went from the new seat to a New 12 months’s Day Six victory. There are good vibes round Baton Rouge now, however the Alabama problem nonetheless stands. The Tigers received 5 video games towards ranked groups final season, and Orgeron is not one to again away from extra challenges.
No. 14: James Franklin, Penn State
Final 12 months: 12 (-2)
Report: 69-36 (45-21)
Lowdown: Franklin has upgraded the expertise at Penn State, however the Nittany Lions’ seasons have turned the final two years after robust losses to Ohio State. Franklin does have a Huge Ten championship and the Nittany Lions have flirted with the Playoff, however a 3-12 report towards Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State the final 5 years can’t be ignored.
No. 13: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Final 12 months: 9 (-4)
Report: 125-68 (107-51 at Michigan State)
Lowdown: Dantonio has maintained stability in East Lansing, and the Spartans return a powerful protection in 2019 that ought to be capable of compete for an additional Huge Ten championship. That stated, Michigan State is 20-18 since making the Faculty Soccer Playoff, and that features a 1-5 report towards Michigan and Ohio State.
No. 12: Gary Patterson, TCU
Final 12 months: 8 (-4)
Lowdown: Patterson has constructed the TCU program by means of each step, and the Horned Frogs stay Huge 12 contenders and bowl regulars. That may not be sufficient with Texas and Oklahoma on the rise underneath younger coaches. TCU is 24-16 the final three seasons, a successful proportion of .600. That knocks Patterson out of the highest 10.
No. 11: David Shaw, Stanford
Final 12 months: 10 (-1)
Lowdown: Shaw has maintained high-level success at Stanford, however the Cardinal slipped behind Washington and Washington State final 12 months and are coming off back-to-back nine-win seasons. To remain within the high 10, it’s important to win a minimum of 10 video games. That’s the problem for Stanford in 2019.
No. 10: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
Final 12 months: 11 (+1)
Report: 67-35 (38-14 at Michigan)
Lowdown: Harbaugh is the top-ranked Huge Ten coach, and we all know you hate it. It is the reality till the season begins. Harbaugh has the ninth-best report amongst Energy 5 coaches at their present college with a minimum of a full season. He is 7-Four towards Mark Dantonio, James Franklin and Paul Chryst, and he’ll get a primary probability at Ryan Day this season. That is the sport Harbaugh should win to stay as much as top-10 billing. Nonetheless mad about it? Nicely, he is taking City Meyer’s spot for now.
No. 9: Tom Herman, Texas
Final 12 months: 22 (+13)
Report: 39-14 (17-10 at Texas)
Lowdown: An excessive amount of too quickly? We do not assume so. Herman scored a pair big-game victories towards Oklahoma and Georgia final season, and the Longhorns look primed to compete for Huge 12 championships and Playoff berths once more. It is nonetheless an ongoing course of, however Texas is nearly again – once more.
No. 8: Dan Mullen, Florida
Final 12 months: 21 (+13)
Report: 79-49 (10-Three at Florida)
Lowdown: We’ll admit to being skeptical whether or not Mullen might do extra with the sources at Florida so quickly, however a 10-win season and Peach Bowl victory towards Michigan modified our thoughts. Now, Mullen should shut the hole with Georgia within the SEC East. That ought to result in an entertaining battle on the World’s Largest Outside Cocktail Get together for the foreseeable future.
No. 7: Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Final 12 months: 20 (+13)
Report: 113-56 (60-34 at Notre Dame)
Lowdown: What a distinction two years makes. The Irish are 22-Four the final two seasons, and Kelly pushed the Irish into the Playoff for the primary time final season. There are nonetheless classes to study on the large stage, however Kelly has reinvented Notre Dame right into a program with fewer questions than they’d when he was on the new seat in 2016. He is earned top-10 billing.
No. 6: Chris Petersen, Washington
Final 12 months: 7 (+1)
Report: 139-33 (47-21 at Washington)
Lowdown: Petersen has the highest-winning profession proportion amongst coaches with a minimum of 100 victories, at .808. He has put the Huskies within the New 12 months’s Day Six every of the final three seasons, and they’re the steadiest energy in a shaky Pac-12 proper now. Anticipate Petersen to maintain successful.
No. 5: Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma
Final 12 months: 16 (+11)
Lowdown: We have undervalued Riley the final two seasons, consider it or not, however he has earned his top-five billing with back-to-back Playoff appearances. Oklahoma produced two straight Heisman winners/No. 1 picks in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, and now it is Jalen Hurts’ flip. If this pattern continues, then Riley can be pursued much more by the NFL. He is simply fantastic within the Huge 12, thanks.
No. 4: Kirby Good, Georgia
Final 12 months: 4
Lowdown: Good has this system that’s best-equipped to interrupt up the Alabama-Clemson monopoly proper now, and the following step is ending a nationwide championship drought that extends again to 1980. The Bulldogs have dominated the SEC East the final two seasons, they usually have created a recruiting run on par with Alabama’s. The subsequent three coaches, nonetheless, have received a nationwide championship – and that makes all of the distinction.
No. 3: Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
Final 12 months: 5 (+2)
Report: 92-27 (9-Four at Texas A&M)
Lowdown: Fisher is most up-to-date lively coach not named Dabo Swinney or Nick Saban to win a nationwide championship, and he is following the mannequin that led to success at Florida State with Texas A&M. Fisher will get one other shot at each Clemson and Alabama this season, too.
No. 2: Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Final 12 months: 2
Lowdown: There is a case to be made for Swinney at No. 1, contemplating the Tigers are coming off the primary 15-Zero season of the CFP period and he is 2-2 towards Nick Saban and Alabama over the past 4 years. Clemson is recruiting like a superpower now, too. We’ll write it down now: If Swinney and the Tigers go back-to-back (Alabama is the final group to do it), then we’ll put him No. 1 subsequent season.
No. 1: Nick Saban, Alabama
Final 12 months: 1
Report: 232-64 (141-21 at Alabama)
Lowdown: It is nearer than ever with Swinney now, however the Crimson Tide have one 12 months left in a dominant decade that has produced 4 of the 5 nationwide championships throughout Saban’s tenure. That features 5 straight Playoff appearances and 4 championship sport appearances. “The Process” by no means ends, and Saban has proven no indicators of slowing down.