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.
Nick Saban was an assistant coach for a few college teams before he acquired his first head coach position, which he began in 1989 at the University of Toledo, in Ohio. After just one season, he led the Toledo team, the Rockets, to a very successful year. They even became co-champions of the Mid-American Conference that year. However, Saban only stayed with the team for one season, before he switched to professional football coaching. He started a coaching position with a NFL team, the Cleveland Browns.
After a few shorts years with the Cleveland Browns, Saban returned to college football; this time he coached at Michigan State. He spent five years at Michigan State and helped improve the football team’s victories quite a bit there, but did not have the successful outcomes that he would eventually become famous for. In the fall of 1999, Saban accepted the head football coaching position at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he also spent five years. The LSU Tigers enjoyed winning seasons under the direction of Saban. In 2001, the Tigers won their first Sugar Bowl since 1968. They also were the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) winners in 2003.
After the 2004 season ended at LSU, Saban returned to professional football when he accepted the head coach position for the Miami Dolphins. He only stayed with this team for a couple of years, where he experienced his first losing season as a NFL’s football head coach. In 2006, he learned that the head coach position at the University of Alabama was vacant and that he was one of the top choices for that job.
In January, 2007, Nick Saban accepted the position as head coach for the University of Alabama. The rest, some say, is Alabama history as he still leads the Crimson Tide team in some of their best football seasons ever. Nick Saban has received several “Coach of the Year” awards throughout his time in Alabama, and he continues to prove his coaching worthiness as he enters his 10th year as their head coach. Keep an eye on this high-producing, famous coach if you want to witness history-in-the-making!