With the offseason already upon us and spring practice drawing near, Auburn is on the brink of a major milestone -- bringing back its same position staff from the previous year.
Malzahn led Auburn to the National Championship as a first-year head coach.
AuburnUndercover spoke with a few former college football coaches to get their take on the importance of keeping a staff intact for consecutive seasons.
Jim Donnan: Former University of Georgia head coach
In Auburn's case, you're involved in a situation where they had a complete turnaround from last year. These players will be able to stay in a routine and know what to expect from the respective coaches from the head coach on down. It carries over into recruiting where you build up relationships with high school coaches and they get to know you and know what you're all about. The No. 1 thing to me is the relationship with the players. You've established that trust with a kid and he knows what you expect in practice and in a day-to-day routine. To have that stability will really help Auburn going into spring practice.
(Keeping the staff together) will have a tremendous carry over because of the belief that these players have in the system. If you believe in each other and the system, you can accomplish some of the goals that other people thought weren't even in the area code.
Another thing is that you know the situations that won for you and the ones that got you beat. That's what you have to work on. They know what they have to do to continue to work to get there.
Tommy Bowden: Former Clemson University head coach
One thing that players like to see at that age is continuity. They like to see the same face and the same system. Retaining you staff involves success -- you must be doing something right so you would like to keep it going until the next level. Recruiting is so important because the coaches are the ones that build those relationships, because the head coach can only go off campus once. When you lose coaches, that's when you lose that continuity. So when you keep it going for recruiting it's really important. Also breaking down film after recruiting is finished up you don't have to break in a new guy, you can really be a lot more efficient if you can maintain you staff.
You get more accomplished in the spring. You don't have to break in a new guy and the staff doesn't have to make sure the new guy is doing things right. You lose no coaches, you have 15 days in pads and now you get more done because everyone knows the drills and you don't waste time teaching somebody.
Ron Zook: Former University of Florida head coach
I think No. 1 if you can bring the entire staff back you cannot buy that continuity. Particularly being a new staff, that newness hasn't worn off and it's good for the players and everybody in terms of teaching. They will tweak the offense, defense and special teams I'm sure but it's the same guys teaching the same thing. Usually when the staff is able to stay together there is a lot less time that you have to spend on organization, because everyone knows the lay of the land and they know the direction of the program. The meetings are usually shorter. I think its good for the players because they will be hearing the same things. Football is a reaction game and the more you hear the same thing, the more you do the same thing, the better you are going to be at it and I believe the continuity of the coaching staff helps that.
There's no question that recruiting takes time to build relationships and getting your areas set. I think when you got young prospects seeing the same coach coming around the school and practices it's a definite plus, no question.
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