Saban: I'll coach the coaches, assistants coach the players
- by Doug Samuels 2 years ago
Chase Goodbread of TideSports.com put together an interesting piece on Nick Saban with input from coaches that have worked under him.
Saban's coaching tree is impressive. He has mentored a total of 15 coordinators (at the NFL or college level) and 12 head coaches. But, at the beginning of his coaching career, he was feeling things out just like everyone else.
"In the beginning when you're insecure and you first become a head coach, it's like, 'If I'm not successful, I'll get fired,' so you worry about your success. But as you go through the years, you realize that if the players are successful and the people in your organization are successful, that's the thing that will help you be successful."
Saban also shared his thoughts on the chain of command and letting his assistants coach, while he focuses on coaching the assistants.
"If you're the leader of an organization and you don't let the chain of command develop the respect it needs because you jump in front of them, then the next group of people that should be respecting that guy won't respect him, they'll only respect you. Then you have guys thinking, 'I don't have to do what this guy says, I just have to do what that guy says.' ... There is a defined chain of command, and you can't violate that. If you violate that, you make that particular person ineffective."
Goodbread also has assistant coaches weigh in on how the chain of command works during game day, how to read Saban on the sideline, why you want to be on his team in a pick-up basketball game, and assistants look back on defining moments in their career under Saban.