I don’t know if you’ve seen what other schools replacing head coaches have been up to recently, but there are three recent hires that interest me.
- Bob Stitt has been hired as the next head football coach at the University of Montana. Stitt is an offensive whiz who’s done good things at a Division II school with very tough admissions requirements. So how does he translate at a higher level with a broader base of talent to chase?
- Lance Leipold is the new head football coach at the University at Buffalo. Leipold is taking a bigger step up than Stitt, going from Division III UW-Whitewater to Buffalo. He’s certainly been successful: “Whitewater has won five national championships under Leipold, whose 106-6 record is the best in the nation over that span at any level.” But he’s in a different world now.
- UNLV hires Bishop Gorman coach Tony Sanchez. This one’s the biggest leap of all. And he’s following in the footsteps of two hires that, well, left a lot to be desired. “The other former high school coaches who made the leap, Gerry Faust and Todd Dodge, were not that successful. Faust was 30-26 in five seasons (1981-85) at Notre Dame while Dodge was 6-37 in four seasons at North Texas from 2007 to 2010.” Is third time the charm? Who knows, but I doubt having personalities in the stands for high school games is going to make much of a difference next season.
I’ll be curious to see how this plays out. My guess is that Sanchez has the roughest time of the three, but we’ll see.