First-year head football coaches are a lot like carpenters. They are only as good as the tools in their shed.
While most new head coaches are a part of an attempt to completely revamp a defunct organization, there are several first-year coaches inducted into programs with much greener pastures. These lucky coaches inherit teams with a handful of proven stars, a solid core of returning players and a plethora of potential on the bench.
This stacked deck certainly provides these coaches with greater chances of success, but also the added pressure of elevated expectations.
Let’s take a look at 10 first-year coaches that have the best tools to work with in 2011.