It's always tough to win as a first time head coach.
From 2005 - 2010 there were 60 first year head coaches that had no previous head coaching experience at a four year college. Those coaches went a combined 279 - 437, winning 39% of their games in that first season.
2008 was the only season where first year head coaches posted a cumulative record over .500, combining to go 30-28.
This season, first year head coaches are a combined 63-65 (49%), which includes coaches carrying the interim tag (Kish and Barlow...but not Hutson b/c he previously served as an interim head coach).
This week, Oregon will be looking to hand first year Stanford head coach David Shaw his first loss, while New Mexico's George Barlow will be seeking his first win this weekend as the Lobos welcome UNLV.
Current first time head coaches' records this season:
Tim Kish: 1-2
Jon Embree: 1-9
Will Muschamp: 5-4
Kevin Wilson: 1-9
Darrell Hazell: 3-6
Don Treadwell: 4-5
George Barlow: 0-5
Luke Fickell: 6-3
Everett Withers: 6-4
Dave Doeren: 6-3
David Shaw: 9-0
Steve Addazio: 5-4
Bill Blankenship: 6-3
James Franklin: 4-5
Dana Holgorsen: 6-3
University of Florida SID's research was used in compiling the 2005 - 2010 numbers used in this analysis.
Attention reporters: Do not ask a coach this question
Published: Wednesday, 09 November 2011 11:23
No coach enjoys suspending players. When it happens, the coaches will let you know about it and while it is a learning moment, it's not something that anyone should take joy in.
With that said, here's a tip for all of the reporters out there, when a coach opens it up to questions, please don't make the first question, "Are there any suspensions we need to know about?"
After being called on to restart a football program in 2007, John Wristen has quickly built Colorado State - Pueblo to 10-0 and a legit DII national title contender.
Before coming to Pueblo, Wristen served on offensive staffs at Colorado, Northwestern and UCLA for 17 years. With only 13 months to prepare for his first season (and a limited number of scholarships) with the ThunderWolves program (which included holding open tryouts on campus, and having to borrow uniforms and helmets from local high schools for spring practice), he led the team to a 4-7 start, followed by a 7-4 season in only their second year of existence. In 2010 Wristen led to the team to a 9-2 finish, narrowly missing a conference title and national playoff appearance.
Defensively, Pueblo is very impressive. The ThunderWolves defense is ranked 5th in both rushing defense (83.8 yards per game) and passing efficiency (94.68), and has the top scoring defense in DII allowing only 9.3 points per game.
In only their fourth year of existence, Wristen has led the program to a #3 ranking in Division II and is primed for a conference title as they wrap up their season against 4-4 Western New Mexico Saturday.
Taking a look at what he has accomplished during his short time with the ThunderWolves, it would not surprise us to hear Wristen's name included in the conversation for some bigger head coaching openings.