Dear Tommy Tuberville,
You hire and fire assistant coaches with rapid regularity. I thought you might benefit from a primer on hiring the important position of offensive coordinator. I took notes from Nick Sabanâ€™s press conference where he spoke about how he hired Alabamaâ€™s successful coordinator Jim McElwain. I hope these notes help!
Jim McElwain fits at Alabama.
â€œWe thought he was going to be a good fit before he ever got here because of his personality and his characteristics and philosophically he is not different than the people that are here, which philosophically they believe like I believeâ€ Saban said.
So many keys in that statement. Tommy, think back to your hiring of Tony Franklin. Did you know what his system really was? Did you know he didnâ€™t own a comb? A razor? Those are the types of things you deduce if you conduct something Saban likes to call due diligence.
â€œThe most important thing about this hire is that he is a good fit,â€ Saban said. And you do that how?
â€œYou figure that out when you are talking to him,â€ Saban said. Maybe that was the problemâ€”Tuberville shouldâ€™ve spent more time talking with Franklin.
Sabanâ€™s two-step guide for the hiring process:
1. Talk to the candidate.
2. Talk to other people about him. (Other coaches would be a great place to start!)
I hope you find a great offensive coordinator as you conduct your next search. I know if you follow Sabanâ€™s process youâ€™ll find an employee as good as this: â€œHeâ€™s a good worker,â€ Saban said of McElwain. â€œHeâ€™s done a good job and it means a lot to him. Heâ€™s been a very positive addition to our staff.â€
Good luck Tommy!