Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin led the Aggies to a surprising 11-2 season in 2012, then watched as his coaching staff was poached by other programs looking to improve their teams. Sumlin made three changes on his staff which will have a large impact on the 2013 team.
Two Aggie assistants were hired as head coaches after the 2012 regular season. Aggie offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury was hired as the head coach at Texas Tech. Texas A&M special teams coach Brian Polian was hired to take over for Hall of Famer Chris Ault who retired from Nevada.
Sumlin reacted quickly hiring Jeff Banks to coach special teams, promoting Clarence McKinney to offensive coordinator and hiring Jake Spavital to coach the quarterbacks. Sumlin build an amazing staff before the 2012 season.
It is not surprising to see some of them move on after such a successful run in their first year in Aggieland. Ideally you would like stability in your coaching staff, but when you hire young, motivated assistants this is the price you play.
Young coaches can easily relate to the players they coach in college. The trade-off is that most young coaches are ambitious and will jump at their first opportunity to become a head coach. The advantage that coaches like Sumlin have is that if your develop a reputation for promoting your assistants, the top assistant coaches in the nation are going to want to come work under you.
That is the place that Sumlin and the Aggies find themselves in right now. This is a look at how the new assistant coaches on the A&M staff will affect the Aggies going forward.