Nick Saban

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.

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Leaders of the Pack

Someone once said, “Everybody hates Alabama until they need a coach.”  While this statement prompts a giggle from the reader, it does seem to hold some truth.  University of Alabama college football boasts a history of some of the most successful coaches in history.  Two that come to mind first and foremost, are Paul “Bear” Bryant, and current Alabama coach, Nick Saban.

Paul “Bear” Bryant is probably the most widely known and celebrated coach to ever grace the campus of the University of Alabama.  With 323 victories on his belt at the time of his retirement, his record speaks for itself.  Bryant is such an icon with Alabama fans nationwide, that fans even follow his sense of style by wearing replicas of his famous houndstooth hat.

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