UND is officially 18 days into the search for their next head coach. With that being said we thought we would look into the time it took other FCS schools to hire their new head coach after a firing or resignation. Here is what we found:
- Fired Head Coach Mark Hendrickson on November 19th.
- Hired Bob Nielson on December 19th. 30 DAYS
- Fired Head Coach KC Keeler on January 7th.
- Hired Dave Brock January 18th. 11 DAYS
- Fired Head Coach Ed Meierkort on November 22nd.
- Hired Joe Glenn on December 5th. 13 DAYS
-Head Coach Denver Johnson “resigned” November 22nd.
-Hired Brock Spack on December 15th. 23 DAYS
University of Washington
-Head Coach Steve Sarkisian accepts head job at USC on December 3rd.
-Hired Boise State Head Coach Chris Petersen on December 6th. 3 Days
What does this small sample size tell us? That 30 days is the most it should take to hire a new coach at the FCS level. When a coach is fired typically the AD has an idea of a route he wants to go beforehand. He usually has a short-list ready to go or has a member of his staff ready to seek out potential applicants from that short-list. In addition to that, all indications are that UND Athletic Director Brian Faison knew he was going to make a change at least 2 weeks in advance. Plenty of time.
We have not heard much in terms of a timeline for the hiring process. Usually phone interviews are being conducted as we speak and formal interviews are then setup shortly after the application deadline. Christmas is coming up quickly and that means their is only two weeks left to get the formal interviews done. The application deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 10th. All interviews could happen immediately after that day.
Let’s remember – the 30 day mark in this particular coaching search is December 18th. That would fall in line with the time it took Western Illinois to hire Bob Nielson away from UM-Duluth. Plus, it is the week before Christmas. If the hire is done after Christmas, you are looking at early January at the earliest for a coach to be named. That would be unacceptable. From a PR standpoint, you want to be able to roll out the new coach to the media and masses when everyone is around campus still and not checked out for the holidays.
We sincerely hope the proper steps are in place and being taken for a timely hire.