Head coaches’ alma maters


Head coaches’ alma maters

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Brant Sanderlin
New Georgia head coach Kirby Smart also played football in Athens.

As Kirby Smart takes over at Georgia, his alma mater, it begs the question: Does having an alumnus coach matter?

Former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen coached the Terrapins after being away for many years. For Friedgen, who no longer coaches at Maryland, the experience was mized.

“Basically if you don’t win – and hell, I went 9-4 my last year and won coach of the year and got fired — it really doesn’t matter much in the end whether you’re an alumnus or not,” Friedgen said.

Here's a look at the alma maters of the head coaches around the SEC and the country.


Alabama Nick Saban Kent State
Arkansas Bret Beilema Iowa
Auburn Gus Malzahn Henderson State (Arkansas)*
Florida Jim McElwain Eastern Washington
Georgia Kirby Smart Georgia
Kentucky Mark Stoops Iowa
LSU Les Miles Michigan
Ole Miss Hugh Freeze Souther Miss
Mississippi State Dan Mullen Ursinus (Pa.)
Missouri Barry Odom Missouri
South Carolina Will Muschamp Georgia
Tennessee Butch Jones Ferris State (Mich.)
Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin Purdue
Vanderbilt Derek Mason Northern Arizona

* Malzahn spent his first two seasons at Arkansas


Boston College Steve Addazio Central Connecticut
Clemson Dabo Swinney Alabama
Duke David Cutcliffe Alabama
Florida State Jimbo Fisher Samford
Georgia Tech Paul Johnson Western Carolina*
Louisville Bobby Petrino Carroll College (Montana)
Miami Mark Richt Miami
North Carolina Larry Fedora Austin College (Texas)
North Carolina State Dave Doreen Drake
Pittsburgh Pat Narduzzi Rhode Island
Syracuse Dino Babers Hawaii
Virginia Bronco Mendenhall Oregon State
Virginia Tech Justin Fuente Murray State**
Wake Forest Dave Clawson Williams (Mass.)

* Johnson did not play football at Western Carolina
** Fuente started playing career at Oklahoma before transferring

Other notable coaches

Baylor Art Briles Houston, Texas Tech
Kansas State Bill Snyder Missouri
Oklahoma Bob Stoops Iowa
Oklahoma State Mike Gundy Oklahoma State
TCU Garry Patterson Kansas State
Texas Charlie Strong Central Arkansas
Iowa Kirk Ferentz Connecticut
Michigan State Mark Dantonio South Carolina
Ohio State Urban Meyer Cincinnati
Penn State James Franklin East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
Notre Dame Brian Kelly Assumption (Mass.)
Arizona Rich Rodriguez West Virginia
Oregon Mark Helfrich Southern Oregon
Stanford David Shaw Stanford
UCLA Jim Mora Washington
Southern California Clay Helton Houston
Utah Kyle Whittingham BYU
Washington Chris Petersen UC-Davis
Washington State Mike Leach BYU*
Houston Tom Herman California Lutheran
Georgia State Trent Miles Indiana State
Colorado State Mike Bobo Georgia

* Leach did not play football at BYU

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