5 Position Coaches Who Will Make Great College Football Coordinators One Day
College football coaching isn't an easy profession to jump into.
All of the head coaches and top assistant coaches you see stalking the sidelines, speaking with media, recruiting players and attending alumni functions have put in a lot of work and dedication to arrive at that position.
It helps to be bright, it helps to know somebody—and it requires a certain personality to manage 100 student-athletes aged 18-22.
Here is a list of five bright position coaches who already have their foot in the door and have proven that they have what it takes to become offensive coordinators and defensive coordinators.
Jake Spavital, Texas A&M
Jake Spavital made the next major step in his career this offseason, when he jumped from his position as quarterbacks coach at West Virginia to join the coaching staff at Texas A&M as its quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator alongside Clarence McKinney.
Before long, Spavital will be dropping that "co" title and running an offense of his own.
At WVU, Spavital coached under offensive guru Dana Holgorsen.
Before his tenure in Morgantown, the new Aggie coach was a part of Kevin Sumlin's staff at Houston—a staff that included another brilliant offensive mind, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
The Tulsa, Okla. native's career began at Tulsa, where he worked under current Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.
Spavital has the pedigree, and his experience is growing by the day—it's only a matter of time before "Spav" is heading up his own offense.
Oh... and coaching Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in the meantime should be a pretty beneficial situation.
Kendal Briles, Baylor
In a situation similar to that of Spavital, Kendal Briles is currently serving as the passing game coordinator for Baylor.
For the Bears, the young Briles coach's under both his father Art Briles and offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery, as well as running game coordinator Randy Clements.
Briles played for his father at Houston and went on to join his coaching staff at Baylor.
In his time with the Bears, Briles has coached some incredibly productive wide receivers, including the school's all-time leading receiver Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams, who led the nation in receiving yardage last year.
In 2012, the BU offense finished No. 4 in the nation, averaging more than 340 yards through the air per game.
As the young Briles continues to learn and expand his knowledge, he'll be come an even more capable offensive mind.
Chris Rumph, Alabama
Chris Rumph has seen plenty of success already in his coaching career.
Currently the defensive line coach at Alabama, Rumph previously coached at Clemson, where he tutored the Tigers All-American end Da'Quan Bowers.
In 2010, Bowers led the NCAA with 15 sacks and was tied for first with 26 tackles for a loss.
Known for being a disciplinarian, Rumph has fit right in on the workmanlike Alabama staff, where he has helped to maintain one of the nation's most notoriously nasty defenses.
Rumph has the attitude and the experience, so whether it happens at Alabama or not, his time as a coordinator will come.
Corey Raymond, LSU
Corey Raymond has been making consistent rises in his coaching career over the past few seasons.
After stints at Utah State and Nebraska, the former LSU cornerback has returned to his alma mater to coach defensive backs.
Raymond also has defensive coordinator experience at a pair of Louisiana high schools and began his college coaching career at LSU in 2006.
He faced a tough situation upon his return to the Tigers last season, as he was tasked with replacing a pair of star corners in Tyrann Mathieu and Mo Claiborne.
However, LSU still finished among the top 30 teams in the nation in pass defense.
As his experience with upper level programs increases, so will his appeal as a potential coordinator.
Derrick Nix, Ole Miss
Derrick Nix has quickly established himself as one of the best recruiters in college football under Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze.
However, in his six years with the Rebels, Nix has also coached some of the best running backs in school history, including current Kansas City Chiefs back Dexter McCluster.
Before his tenure at Ole Miss began, he coached down state at Southern Miss, where he tutored Freshman All-American running back Damion Fletcher.
Fletcher ran for nearly 1,400 yards in his freshman year alone under Nix.
From there, Nix spent a year with the Atlanta Falcons before joining the Rebels and returning to the college game.
As Ole Miss continues its rise on the field and on the recruiting trail, Nix could see an upgrade to a position as a recruiting coordinator or offensive coordinator—and eventually, a head coach.
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