Nick Saban's coaching tree of assistants is 100 strong

Courtesy of Alabama Athletics

Heading into 2018 season, 26 had gone on to be a head coach with 46 coordinators at the Division I of NFL level

The last project I did before starting BamaCentral.com was a five-piece series on the Nick Saban coaching tree, but only on the side of his assistant coaches.

There have been 100 of them during his 24 years as a head coach, including his two seasons in the National Football league.

Of them, 26 have gone on to be a head coach, including 22 at the Division I or NFL level, while 46 have become offensive or defensive coordinators.

To check out the series:

Here's the list heading into the 2018 season:

Toledo (1990)

  1. Tom Amstutz, linebackers/kickers: Stayed with the Rockets, became the defensive coordinator in 1994 and took over as head coach in 2001. Led the program to two MAC championships, four division title and four bowl appearances.
  2. Lawrence Cole, running backs: Was the head coach at FCS Tennessee State (1996-99) and Division II Stillman College in Tuscaloosa (2008-2010). He's been the head coach at Fairfield High School in Alabama since 2015.
  3. Ron Curtis, wide receivers/recruiting coordinator: One of the holdovers who Saban retained, Curtis stayed with Toledo for just one more season. He retired from Division II Findlay in 2005.
  4. Kirk Heidelberg, tight ends/special teams: Has spent so much time coaching in Germany that his Wikipedia page is actually in German. In addition to a CFL stint, he’s been the head coach and athletic director at Rockford (Ill.) Christian (2006-11) and Waite (Ohio) High School.
  5. Greg Meyer, offensive coordinator: After the 1991 season left Toledo to be Gary Barnett’s offensive coordinator at Northwestern, where the Wildcats won back-to-back Big Ten titles. Had the same role at Baylor (1999-2001). Since 2006 he’s been the Assistant Athletics Director for Development at Baylor.
  6. Phil Parker, defensive backs: Spent 11 seasons as Toledo’s defensive backs coach and was hired by Kirk Ferentz at Iowa in 1999. Parker was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2012.
  7. Dean Pees, defensive coordinator: After six years as a high school coach, Pees found himself on the coaching hot track, going from Division II Findlay, to Miami (Ohio) and Navy before Toledo (1990-93), and spent the subsequent season at Notre Dame. He rejoined Sagan at Michigan State in 1995.
  8. Pat Perles, defensive line: After Toledo he spent five seasons coaching in the NFL, six in the CFL and nine between North Dakota State (2003-08) and Michigan State (2000-02). He was also the offensive line coach at Syracuse in 2013. He’s currently a scout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  9. Ellis Rainsberger, offensive line: Saban always likes to have a veteran presence on the staff and with Toledo it was Rainsberger, who had been coaching since 1959 including as head coach NAIA Washburn University (1962-64) and Kansas State (1975-77). Toledo was his last coaching job.

Michigan State (1995-99)

  1. Charlie Baggett, wide receivers/running backs 1995-98: Baggett left the Spartans to return to the NFL, where he had stints with the Packers and Vikings before rejoining Saban with the Miami Dolphins.
  2. Jim Bollman, offensive line 1995-97: Bollman coached with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears before serving as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator (2011-11). He’s had the same role back at Michigan State since 2013.
  3. Bob Casullo, tight ends/special teams 1999: After Michigan State, he spent the next 11 seasons primarily as a special teams coach with the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Syracuse. He hasn’t coached since being fired by Doug Marrone with one game remaining in the 2010 season. Told ESPN in 2015 he was retired.
  4. Greg Colby, linebackers/special teams 1995-97: Colby first crossed paths with Saban as a Michigan State graduate assistant under head coach George Perles in 1987. After serving on Saban’s staff he was the defensive coordinator at Kent State and Northwestern, and now has the same role at Central Michigan. Was the head coach at Division II Millersville (2008-12). Of note, was also an assistant baseball coach at Illinois (1978-80).
  5. Chris Cosh, defensive coordinator 1998: The current defensive coordinator at Delaware, Cost has moved around a lot since he was a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech and Minnesota in 1983-84. He’s also been the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1985-88), SE Missouri State (1989), Illinois (1996), South Carolina (2003), Maryland (2006-08), Kansas State (2009-11), South Florida (2012), North Texas (2015) and Richmond (2016).
  6. Mike Cummings, tight ends/special teams 1998: Has the rare distinction of having been on the coaching staffs at Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan in addition to Michigan State. Was the offensive coordinator during his third stint at Central Michigan (2010-13), and has been offensive coordinator or co-OC at UConn since 2014.
  7. Mark Dantonio, defensive backs 1995-99: Was Jim Tressel’s defensive coordinator (2001-03) en route to becoming a head coach at Cincinnati (2004-06). Has led the Spartans since 2007.
  8. Todd Grantham, defensive line 1996-98: Grantham made the jump to the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts followed by the Houston Texans before serving as the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator (2005-07). Following two years with the Dallas Cowboys he returned to the college ranks as defensive coordinator at Georgia (2010-13), Louisville (2014-16) and Mississippi State (2017). This past offseason he followed Dan Mullen to Florida.
  9. Brad Lawing, linebackers 1999: Also the recruiting coordinator, Lawing stayed at Michigan State through 2002, and has since been at North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Florida State primarily as a defensive line coach. He told the Tallahassee Democratthat every day with Saban was a learning experience. “I wanted to learn more ball. Nick, he was considered one of the finest defensive minds in the country.” Lawing has been on the Seminoles’ staff since 2015.
  10. Bill Miller, defensive coordinator 1999: Stayed on the Spartans’ staff until 2002 and subsequently landed at Florida for two seasons coaching linebackers. Was defensive coordinator at Arizona (2005-06) and Western Michigan (2007), and co-DC at Kansas (2009). Was with Jimbo Fisher at Florida State (2014-17), but is back with the Jayhawks coaching linebackers.
  11. Reggie Mitchell, wide receivers 1999: Was the Spartans recruiting coordinator and running backs coach through 2004. From there he went to Illinois (2005-09) and Kansas (2010-15) before joining Bret Bielema’s staff at Arkansas in 2016. Is currently the running back coach at UTEP.
  12. Dean Pees, defensive coordinator 1995-97: After three season as Saban’s defensive coordinator, he landed the head coaching job at Kent State, Saban’s alma mater (1998-2003). He subsequently joined Bill Belichick’s staff in New England and eventually replaced Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator (2006-09). He had the same role with the Baltimore Ravens until retiring in January, only to be hired by the Tennessee Titans four weeks later.
  13. Glenn Pires, linebackers/recruiting coordinator 1995: Pires has been an NFL coach since his time at Michigan State, with the Arizona Cardinals (1996-200), Detroit Lions (2001-02), Miami Dolphins (2003-07) and Atlanta Falcons (2008-14), and is currently the linebacker coach of the Chicago Bears. He was the defensive quality control coach for Saban in Miami.
  14. Golden Pat Ruel, offensive line 1998-99: Since his time at East Lansing was the offensive line coach for the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and New York Giants in the NFL. He joined Pete Carroll’s staff at USC in 2005, and followed him to the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.
  15. Bill Sheridan, linebackers 1998-99: Was a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 1985-86 when Saban was defensive coordinator and returned to East Lansing after stints at Maine, Cincinnati and Army. Subsequently worked at Michigan and Notre Dame before joining the New York Giants in 2005. Was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2009. He had the same role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13). Is currently the defensive line coach at Boston College.
  16. Pat Shurmur, tight ends/offensive line/special teams 1995-97: Shurmur has been an NFL fixture since coaching the Stanford offensive line for the season (1998), including stints as offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams (2009-10), Philadelphia Eagles (2013-15) and Minnesota Vikings (2017). He was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2011-12) and is set to begin his first season with the New York Giants.
  17. Gary Tranquill, offensive coordinator 1995-98: After Michigan State was the offensive coordinator at Virginia (1999-2000), North Carolina (2001-05) and Boston College (2009-10), plus spent a season as the quarterbacks coach of the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe (2007).
  18. Morris Watts, offensive coordinator 1999: Saban hired him for his third stint with the Spartans, as George Perles twice employed the former quarterbacks coach of the Birmingham Stallings of the USFL as offensive coordinator (1986-90, 1992-94). Was the interim head coach when Bobby Williams was fired in 2002, and spent the next season as Mississippi State’s OC. Has since had the same role with Miami (Ohio) and Central Michigan. Is the new offensive coordinator at FCS Texas Southern.
  19. Bobby Williams, running backs 1995-99: Succeeded Saban as the Spartans’ head coach (1999-2002). He would work for him three more times beginning at LSU.

LSU (2000-04)

  1. Mike Collins, linebackers 2004: Collins had been coaching in the state of Louisiana since 1983 when Saban added him as a strength and conditioning intern in 2003 and promoted him for the following season. Collins was the defensive coordinator (1999-2002) and interim head coach at Louisiana-Monroe, and named the head coach only to resign after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He fought the charges and eventually won in court. Following LSU he was the defensive coordinator at Northwestern State, McNeese State and Sam Houston State. Since 2016 he’s been back at ULM as defensive coordinator.
  2. **Derek Dooley, 2000-02 tight ends/recruiting coordinator, 2003-04 special teams/running backs:**The son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley went from being a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs (1996), to wide receivers coach at SMU (1997-99) to LSU. He followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins before becoming a college head coach.
  3. Kirk Doll, linebackers 2002-03: With the NCAA allowing a 10thon-field assistant coach, Doll was recently brought back to his alma mater East Carolina for a fourth time to oversee special teams. After LSU he joined the Denver Broncos (2004-06), but has since been at places like Texas A&M, the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, San Jose State, Florida International and, of course, East Carolina.
  4. Phil Elmassian, defensive coordinator 2000: Few coaches were as travelled as Elmassian, who began coaching at his alma mater William & Mary in 1974, and retired from Division III Ferrum in 2014. In between he worked at, in order, Richmond, Ferrum, East Carolina, Minnesota, Virginia tech, Virginia, Syracuse, Virginia Tech again as defensive coordinator, Washington, Boston College (DC), Wisconsin, LSU, West Virginia (DC), Marshall, Purdue, Nebraska, Louisiana-Monroe (DC), Illinois State (DC), Purdue again and UMass (DC). He might be the football equivalent to six degrees of Kevin Bacon.
  5. Jimbo Fisher, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks 2000-06: Instead of following Saban to the Miami Dolphins, Fisher opted to stay at LSU under Les Miles. He interviewed for the head coaching position at UAB, only to have the board of trustees vote down the contract offer. Again declining a chance to work for Saban at Alabama, Fisher was named offensive coordinator at Florida State and eventually became the coach in waiting to succeed Bobby Bowden. He took over in 2010 and won the 2013 national championship. During the offseason was lured away by Texas A&M.
  6. Gary Gibbs, defensive coordinator 2001: The former Oklahoma head coach (1989-1994) has been in the NFL since his year at LSU, with the Dallas Cowboys (2002-05), New Orleans Saints (2006-08) and Kansas City Chiefs (2009-17).
  7. Charlie Harbison, defensive backs, 2001-02: Ironically had two previous stints at Alabama as wide receivers coach, before and after LSU (1998-2000, 2003-06). Was defensive coordinator at Mississippi State (2007-08) and was subsequently co-DC at Clemson, Auburn and Louisiana-Lafayette. Is currently an assistant defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals.
  8. Michael Haywood, 1995-2002 running backs; 1997-2002 special teams: Went on to be the head coach at Miami of Ohio (2008-09) and was hired for the same role at Pittsburgh, but was arrested on felony domestic violence charges and subsequently fired. Two years later the charges were dismissed after he completed numerous pre-trial requirements. Hired by FCS Texas Southern in 2016.
  9. **Stan Hixon, wide receivers 2000-03:**Left the college ranks after LSU and was the wide receivers coach of the Washington Redskins (2004-09), Buffalo Bills (2010-11) and Houston Texans (2014-15). Also spent two seasons at Penn State. Is currently the receivers coach at Temple, working for head coach Geoff Collins, Saban’s first director of player personnelat Alabama.
  10. Pete Jenkins, defensive line, 2000-01: Jenkins was Saban’s established veteran on the LSU staff as he had been coaching since 1964. From 1980-90 was LSU’s defensive line coach and defensive coordinator. He’s since had brief stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and USC, but the longtime mentor of Ed Orgeron came out of retirement to lead LSU defensive line again in 2016-17.
  11. **Travis Jones, defensive line 2003-04:**The former Georgia player was hired from Kansas, where he had been a defensive line coach for the first time (2001-02). He followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins, where he was a defensive line assistant (2006) and promoted to defensive ends coach (2007). He’s since coached with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, and is currently a defensive line assistant for Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons.
  12. Will Muschamp, 2001 linebackers; 2002-04 defensive coordinator: Was the defensive coordinator at Division II Valdosta State in 2000 when Saban hired him. It was Muschamp who brought Kirby Smart to Saban’s attention. After being promoted to defensive coordinator followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins.
  13. Leroy Ryals, tight ends 2004: Served as the head coach of his high school alma mater in Florida, Sarasota Booker (1997-2000), and led the running backs at South Florida (2000-03). Since LSU has been a fixture in Georgia high school athletics, having been as the head coach at Clarke Central, Thomasville and Cedar Shoals.
  14. Stacy Searels, offensive line 2003-06: Became a fixture on the coaching staffs of Mark Richt, both at Georgia (2007-10) and Miami (since 2016). In between he was the offensive line coach at Texas and Virginia Tech.
  15. Kirby Smart, defensive backs 2004: Getting annoyed with continually having to replace coaches being hired away, Saban opted for someone he could groom. At the time, Smart’s coaching experience was limited to a year as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator at Division II Valdosta State, and two seasons as a graduate assistant at Florida State. He followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins.
  16. Sal Sunseri, linebackers/special teams 2000: Another coach who worked more than once for Saban, he spent 2001 with Bobby Williams at Michigan State and subsequently was the defensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers (2002-08) before heading to Alabama in 2009.
  17. Lance Thompson, 2002 defensive line; 2003 tight ends/recruiting coordinator: The first of numerous stints with Saban began after Thompson spent the 1995-98 and 2001 seasons as Georgia Tech’s defensive line coach, and 1999-2000 at Alabama. After LSU he was the defensive coordinator at Central Florida (2004-06) before heading back to Alabama.
  18. Rick Trickett, offensive line 2000: Older SEC fans are very familiar with Trickett as he also had stints at Mississippi State (1989-92) and Auburn (1993-98). The Vietnam veteran followed Rich Rodriguez to West Virginia in 2001. Most recently he was on the Florida State staff (2007-17) after being initially hired by Bobby Bowden.
  19. Mel Tucker, defensive backs, 2000: Began his career as a Michigan State graduate assistant (1997-98) under Saban. Got his first taste at being a defensive coordinator as co-DC at Ohio State in 2004. After three seasons as the Cleveland Browns’ secondary coach became defensive coordinator in 2008, and had the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-12), while also serving as interim head coach in 2011, and Chicago Bears (2015). Re-joined Saban at Alabama in 2015.
  20. Tim Walton, defensive backs 2003: A year before Saban left for the Miami Dolphins, Walton departed for the Miami Hurricanes and was their defensive coordinator in 2007. Also had the same role at Memphis (2008) and with the St. Louis Rams (2013). Most recently was the secondary coach of the New York Giants (2015-17).
  21. Bobby Williams, wide receivers 2004: The former Michigan State head coach joined Saban for a second time after spending a year with the Detroit Lions, where he was reunited with former Spartans wide receiver Charles Rogers.
  22. George Yarno, offensive line, 2001-02: The 10-year player in the NFL moved on to the league as a coach after a short stint at Washington State, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2015 and died a year later at the age of 58.

Miami Dolphins (2005-06)

  1. Keith Armstrong, special teams 2001-07: One of the coaches Saban retained from the previous staff, Armstrong has been the special teams coach for the Atlanta Falcons since 2008. His name has been mentioned for some NFL head coach jobs.
  2. Charlie, Baggett, assistant head coach/offense, wide receivers, 2005-06: After his second stint with Saban, coached wide receivers at Washington (2007-08), and with the St. Louis Rams (2009). Joined Derek Dooley’s coaching staff at Tennessee in 2010. He retired in 2011.
  3. **Dom Capers, defensive coordinator 2007:**Saban brought him in as “Special Assistant to the Head Coach” in 2006, and promoted him for the subsequent season. Capers was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers (1995-98) and Houston Texans (2002-05). He was also the defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers, and retired from the latter after the 2017 season.
  4. Derek Dooley, tight ends 2005-06: Left the Miami Dolphins before Nick Saban departed, to be the head coach at Louisiana Tech. In 2008, he was also named the athletic director. He left in 2010 to replace Lane Kiffin as head coach at Tennessee. Dooley was Jason Garrett’s wide receivers coach with the Dallas Cowboys (2013-17) and is the new offensive coordinator at Missouri.
  5. George Edwards, linebackers, 2005-09: Edwards was one of two coaches to be retained after Saban left for Alabama in 2007. He eventually left to be Urban Meyer’s defensive coordinator at Florida (2010). He’s since been the defensive coordinator
  6. **Jason Garrett, quarterbacks 2005-06:**Garrett’s first coaching job was with the same team he finished his playing career with, the Miami Dolphins under Saban. He subsequently joined the Dallas Cowboys and worked his way up from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator to head coach in 2011.
  7. Hudson Houck, offensive line 2005-07: Houck had been an offensive line coach since 1972, and at the NFL level since 1983 when Saban hired him. During his nine years with the Dallas Cowboys from 1993-2001 sixoffensive linemen earned 22 trips to the Pro Bowl. After his second stint with the franchise (2008-11) Houck retired.
  8. Scott Linehan, offensive coordinator 2005: His college coaching career began in 1989 as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater Idaho under John L. Smith. He had already been the offensive coordinator at Washington (1996-98) and Louisville (1999-2001) before making the jump to the NFL. He had the same role with the Minnesota Vikings (2002-04) before the Dolphins, and left to be the head coach of the St. Louis Rams (2006-08). He was subsequently hired by the Detroit Lions (2009-13), but has been with the Dallas Cowboys since.
  9. Mike Mularkey, offensive coordinator 2006: Was coming off a stint as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills (2004-05) when he joined the Dolphins. He subsequently became the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons (2008-11), and the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and Tennessee Titans (2015-17).
  10. **Will Muschamp, assistant head coach/defense 2005:**Only spent a year with the Miami Dolphins and started to forge his own path as defensive coordinator at Auburn (2006-07) and Texas (2008-10), and head coach at Florida (2011-14). He went back to Auburn in 2015 and has been the head coach at South Carolina since 2016.
  11. Mel Phillips, defensive backs 1985-2007: Phillips coached the defensive backs for the Detroit Lions from 1980-1984. He was an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins from 1985 to 2007. Originally hired by Don Shula, Phillips was retained by, in order, Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt, Saban and Cam Cameron.
  12. Dan Quinn, defensive line 2005-06: After Quinn made the jump Hofstra to the San Francisco 49ers, Saban brought him to Miami. He subsequently coached the defensive line with the New York Jets (2007-08) and Seattle Seahawks (2009-10) before becoming Will Muschamp’s defensive coordinator at Florida (2011-12). He went back to the Seahawks in the same role and became the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.
  13. **Richard Smith, defensive coordinator 2005:**Although Smith had been coaching in the NFL since 1988, where he and Saban were on the Houston Oilers staff together, Miami was his first defensive coordinator job. He had the same role with the Houston Texans (2006-08) and Atlanta Falcons (2015-16), and has been the linebackers for the Los Angeles Chargers since 2017.
  14. **Kirby Smart, safeties 2006:**After LSU, Smart spent a year at his alma mater, Georgia, coaching the running backs. Subsequent to his only year in the NFL, Smart followed Saban to Alabama.
  15. Bobby Williams, Running Backs 2005-06: After rejoining Saban at LSU, Williams followed him to Miami. When Saban left for Alabama, Williams initially stuck around, but three months later was fired by the Dolphins with no reason disclosed. Saban hired him for the 2008 season.

Alabama (2007-)

  1. Derrick Ansley, secondary, 2016-17: Hired to be the defensive backs coach of the Oakland Raiders.
  2. Major Applewhite, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, 2007: After spending one season at Alabama, where he was the youngest offensive coordinator in Division I-A, Applewhite went back to his alma mater Texas in 2008, where he became co-offensive coordinator in 2011. He left in 2015 to become the offensive coordinator at Houston and his now the head coach.
  3. Jeff Banks, special teams coordinator/tight ends, 2018
  4. Greg Brown, secondary, 2013: Has been the definition of a coaching journeyman as he had worked for 15 NFL and Division I programs before spending a year at Alabama. He’s since been at Louisville (2014-15) and Missouri (2016), and is now at Auburn.
  5. **Burton Burns, running backs 2007-17:**Moved into an off-field role during the offseason as Alabama’s assistant athletics director for football.
  6. **Curt Cignetti, wide receivers/recruiting coordinator, 2007-10:**Left to be the head coach at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where over six seasons his teams went 53-17. In 2016 he accepted the head coaching job at FCS Elon, which was coming off six straight losing seasons. The Phoenix made the playoffs and Cignetti was afinalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year.
  7. Mario Cristobal, offensive line, 2013-16: The former FIU head coach (2007-12) left to be Willie Taggart’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oregon in 2017. When Taggart left after the regular season, Cristobal became the head coach.
  8. Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, 2017: Hired as offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.
  9. **Bo Davis, defensive line, 2007-10; 2014-15:**Davis left the first time for Texas and was re-hired. In 2016, he resigned after the NCAA ruled he had committed a recruiting violation. He spent the 2017 season as the defensive-line coach for Texas-San Antonio and this past offseason landed the same job with the Detroit Lions.
  10. Karl Dunbar, defensive line, 2016-17: Returned to the NFL where he had worked for the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, to be the defensive line coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  11. Dan Enos, quarterbacks, 2018
  12. Josh Gattis, wide receivers, 2018
  13. Pete Golding, linebackers, 2018
  14. Mike Groh, wide receivers, 2011-12: Went to Chicago for the same role with the Bears and signed on with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016 to be the passing game coordinator. He spent last season winning the Super Bowl as the wide receivers coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and has since been promoted to offensive coordinator.
  15. Brent Key, offensive line, 2016-18
  16. **Lane Kiffin, offensive coordinator, 2014-16:**Named head coach at Florida Atlantic in 2017, his fourth head coaching job.
  17. Craig Kuligowski, defensive line, 2018
  18. Michael Locksley, wide receivers 2017; offensive coordinator 2018
  19. Jim McElwain, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, 2008-11: Was named head coach at Colorado State (2012-14) followed by Florida (2015-17), but was fired despite leading the Gators to back-to-back SEC East titles. Is the wide receivers coach at Michigan and Jim Harbaugh has yet to name an offensive coordinator on his staff.
  20. Ron Middleton, tight ends/special teams, 2007: Middleton left after one year for Duke, where he was the tight ends and special teams coach through 2012. He’s since been the tight ends coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  21. **Billy Napier, wide receivers, 2013-16:**Was named offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Arizona State in 2017. After one season landed his first head coaching job at Louisiana at Lafayette.
  22. Doug Nussmeier, offensive coordinator, 2012-13: Another Michigan State connection, although was the Spartans quarterbacks coach well after Saban left, and followed Jim McElwain as Fresno State’s offensive coordinator in 2008 (Bulldogs coach Pat Hill had coached with Saban with the Cleveland Browns). Was Michigan’s offensive coordinator in 2014 and had the same role at Florida (2015-17). Has joined Jason Garrett’s staff as the tight end coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
  23. Joe Pannunzio, special teams coordinator/tight ends 2017; running backs 2018
  24. Joe Pendry, offensive line, 2007-10: Retired from coaching in 2010, but stayed with Alabama as a special adviser and NFL liaison through the 2018 NFL Draft.
  25. Jeremy Pruitt, secondary, 2010-12; defensive coordinator/linebackers 2016-17: Pruitt’s first coaching job was at Alabama under Saban. Was hired away by Jimbo Fisher to be Florida State’s defensive coordinator, but left after a year for Georgia. When Kirby Smart took over in Athens, Pruitt became the Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator. He was hired as Tennessee’s new head coach in December.
  26. Chris Rumph, defensive line, 2011-13: Left Alabama for Texas, where he also had the title “Assistant Head Coach for Defense. A year later was named the defensive line coach at Florida. He was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2017 and defensive coordinator during the past offseason.
  27. Steve Sarkisian, offensive coordinator, 2016 (one game): Had one of the most unusual stays in Tuscaloosa, was hired as an analyst in 2016 after alcohol issues contributed to his dismissal from USC. When Alabama and Lane Kiffin parted ways before the National Championship Game, Sarkisian stepped in as offensive coordinator. He left a month later to be the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.
  28. Karl Scott, defensive backs, 2018
  29. Kirby Smart, secondary, 2007-10, 2014-15; defensive coordinator 2008-15 ; linebackers 2011-2013: Left to be the head coach of his alma mater, Georgia. Came up on the losing side of last season’s National Championship Game, 26-23 in overtime.
  30. Kevin Steele, defensive coordinator/linebackers, 2007; linebackers 2008, 2014: The former Baylor head coach has come and gone a couple of times, leaving Alabama to be the defensive coordinator at Clemson (2009-11) and LSU (2015). He’s had the same role at Auburn since 2016.
  31. Jeff Stoutland, offensive line, 2011-12: Has been the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line coach since 2013, and just won his first Super Bowl ring.
  32. Sal Sunseri, linebackers, 2009-11: Left to be Derek Dooley’s defensive coordinator at Tennessee. Spent two years as Florida State’s defensive ends coach and three as linebackers coach of the Oakland Raiders. Has joined the Florida staff as defensive line coach.
  33. Lance Thompson, linebackers, 2007-08; 2012-14: Worked for Lane Kiffin at Tennessee following the first departure and stuck around with Derek Dooley through 2011. He’s been with Will Muschamp at South Carolina since 2015.
  34. Tosh Lupoi, linebackers, 2016-17; defensive coordinator 2018
  35. Bobby Williams, special teams/tight ends, 2008-15; special assistant 2016-17: Joined Mario Cristobal’s staff at Oregon as tight ends and special teams coach.
  36. James Willis, linebackers, 2009: Left to be Tommy Tuberville’s defensive coordinator at Texas Tech, but left the program in 2011 after a domestic incident and later pled guilty to In 2013, he became Louisiana’s defensive coordinator, and from 2014-16 served as a defensive assistant for the New Orleans Saints. He spent last season as an analyst for Louisiana.
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