Tommy, help is here for hiring assistants!

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 Saban’s press conference where he spoke about how he hired Alabama’s successful coordinator Jim McElwain. I hope these notes help!

Jim McElwain fits at Alabama.

“We 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 believe” Saban said.

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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 didn’t own a comb? A razor? Those are the types of things you deduce if you conduct something Saban likes to call due diligence.

“The most important thing about this hire is that he is a good fit,” Saban said. And you do that how?

“You figure that out when you are talking to him,” Saban said. Maybe that was the problem—Tuberville should’ve spent more time talking with Franklin.

Saban’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 Saban’s process you’ll find an employee as good as this: “He’s a good worker,” Saban said of McElwain. “He’s done a good job and it means a lot to him. He’s been a very positive addition to our staff.”

Good luck Tommy!

Your friend,
Alan

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