The past decade has been an amazing one at the University of Alabama, and for their head football coach, Nick Saban. Since Saban arrived in 2007, Alabama Crimson Tide has won four SEC (Southeastern Conference) championships, six SEC Western division championships, and four National championships. During this time period, the University of Alabama has also produced two Heisman Trophy winners, under the direction of Nick Saban. The two Heisman Trophy winners are Mark Ingram, Jr., who was the University’s very first Heisman Trophy winner in 2009, and Derrick Henry in 2015. Many Americans believe that Nick Saban is the best college football coach that our country has ever witnessed.
Nick Saban was born on October 31, 1951, in Fairmont, West Virginia. After finishing high school, Saban went to Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business before obtaining his Master’s degree in Sports Administration at Kent State. He was on the football team, where he played the defensive back position. While working on his Master’s degree, he became a graduate assistant to the team’s coach, Don James. Although becoming a coach wasn’t necessarily on his radar, it was this graduate assistant position that sparked the beginning of a highly successful and amazing career.