Coaching 10 years at 1 ACC school, quite rare in football
Posted July 29, 2014
Frank Beamer just completed his 27th year as head coach at Virginia Tech. That's four more years than the rest of the Coastal coaches combined have at their respective schools. The coaches in the Atlantic Division have worked in their current ACC job for a total of 13 years.
Beamer also has the distinction of being the only current football coach who has worked for a decade or more in the ACC.
Who among the 14 head coaches is most likely to hit the 10-year mark? The closest to that number are Duke's David Cutcliffe, Clemson's Dabo Swinney and Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson with six years each. Of those three I would put the strongest odds on Cutcliffe followed by Swinney and then Johnson.
There are several reasons coaches don't reach 10 years of service. The most obvious is a lack of success. The money that college coaches earn today has shortened the leash of patience among athletic administrators and fans. Have a few bad years, winds of change begin to blow and the earth starts to move.
Another factor is coaches leave for other jobs, especially if a top-tiered job opens. Most recently, Charlie Strong made a leap from Louisville to Texas. Doug Marrone departed Syracuse for the Buffalo Bills. How many times did we hear Al Golden's name mentioned as a possible replacement at Penn State? Let Will Muschamp get fired at Florida and there will be an ACC coach or two who taps their agent on the shoulder to get their name in the hat.
With the recent success of the ACC in football the hope is good coaches stay put, finding the grass as green and the money as comparable in this league as they would elsewhere.
Here's a breakdown of each ACC school and the football coaches who have lasted 10 years or more. Wake Forest, Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech are the only ACC schools who have or had coaches reach 10-years of service in the 21st century.
Duke: Wallace Wade (16), Bill Murray (15)
North Carolina: Carl Snavely (10), Bill Dooley (11), Dick Crum (10), Mack Brown (10)
NC State: Earl Edwards (17)
Wake Forest: DC Walker (14), Jim Grobe (12)
Boston College: Joe Yukica (10), Jack Bicknell (10), Tom O'Brien (10)
Clemson: Frank Howard (30), Danny Ford (11), Tommy Bowden (10)
Florida State: Bill Peterson (11), Bobby Bowden (34)
Georgia Tech: John McKee (20), John Heisman (16), William Alexander (25), Bobby Dodd (22)
Louisville: Frank Camp (23), Howard Schnellenberger (10)
Miami: Andy Gustafson (16)
Pittsburgh: Jock Sutherland (15), John Michelosen (11)
Syracuse: Ben Schwartzwalder (25), Dick MacPherson (10), Paul Pasqualoni (14)
Virginia: George Welsh (19)
Virginia Tech: Frank Moseley (10), Jerry Claiborne (10), Frank Beamer (27)