Hiring a good staff of assistants and two coordinators capable of controlling their side of the ball in player development and scheme implementation is critical for any FBS head coach. While the head coach hire is the biggest and most important move for any program, good assistant coaches are often the unsung heroes in the overall success for every team.
With that in mind, Athlon Sports continues its countdown to the 2016 season with a look at some of the top coordinator tandems in the nation. The Big 12 features a couple of rising stars in the offensive coordinator ranks, including Baylor’s Kendal Briles and TCU’s Doug Meacham. On defense, West Virginia’s Tony Gibson and Texas Tech’s David Gibbs are two names to watch in 2016.
Ranking the coordinator tandems by conference isn’t easy. Considering there’s often overlap in which coach calls the plays and gets the coordinator designation, Athlon Sports is counting head coaches who control a specific side of the ball for a team. For example, Dana Holgorsen is West Virginia’s play-caller on offense, so he is considered the coordinator for the purpose of this article.