New College Football Coach Expectations: First Year Coaches

What are the reasonable expectations of all 29 new football coaches for 2022? What is the goal of the next five seasons?


New college football coach predictions 2022

Last season, 17 coaches took on new jobs. This year, there are a whopping 29 acts.

To do it right, no, coaches like Brian Kelly and Lincoln Riley are not new, but they are new to their schools. Then there’s Don Brown of UMass and Jeff Tyford of Fresno, who trained in their schools, left, and are now back.

What is the expectation for every new college football coach this year? How about five years from now?

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Don Brown, UMass

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before that … The former UMass coach from 2004 to 2008 became Senior Defensive Coordinator at five different schools, most notably Michigan.

Top line of CV: He led UMass to a 23-5 race through 2006 and 2007 with two Atlantic 10 and long-distance championships in the D-IAA Qualifiers.

Realistic expectations in the first year: Improved D who lost 517 points and had three wins – UMass one game last year..

Realistic expectations over the next five years: Create two winning records and at least one trip to the bowl game.

Timmy Chang, Hawaii

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before that … The former Hawaii quarterback has been a well-rounded assistant in Nevada since 2017 before he landed his first job as a head coach.

Top line of CV: First pass in the NCAA with 17,072 yards and 117 degrees.

Realistic expectations in the first year: Get Hawaii – 6-7 last season in a bowl game on a major rebuilding mission.

Realistic expectations over the next five years: Make the Rainbow Warrior attack amazing as it takes them to five bowl matches and at least one appearance in the Mountain West Tournament.

Mario Cristobal, Miami

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before that … The former Miami offensive lineman was the head coach at FIU and later at Oregon, and has earned a reputation as an outstanding recruiter.

Top line of CV: Two Pac-12 Championships and a third appearance in four years in Oregon.

Realistic expectations in the first year: No fewer than eight wins and a hardball game – all while you’re at least flirting for a place in the ACC Championship.

Realistic expectations over the next five years: Level up your talent, with at least two ACC Championship appearances, one ACC title, and a College Football Playoff appearance.

Sony Combi, Louisiana Tech

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before that … He became a top passerby at Texas Tech, and became a senior offensive assistant at TCU and Texas Tech. He became the interim Red Raider coach last season.

Top line of CV: Combined with 4,742 yards, 32 touchdown seasons for Texas Tech in 2004, he helped turn TCU into a big 12 contender with the Air Raid Attack in mid-2010.

Realistic expectations in the first year: Get Louisiana Tech 3 wins 2021 with a big pass game en route to the bowl game.

Realistic expectations over the next five years: No less than four ball games with the USA Conference Championship and another appearance.

Michael DeSormo, Louisiana

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before that … Former Ragin’ Cajun star quarterback has been the program’s main assistant for the past six years, serving as offensive coordinator last season.

Top line of CV: The all-star Louisiana quarterback threw nearly 3,300 yards with 23 touchdowns and ran for nearly 2,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007 and 2008.

Realistic expectations in the first year: In a little rebuilding, win the Sun Belt Championship anyway – or at least be there.

Realistic expectations over the next five years: Five bowl entries, and the Sun Belt Championship, are annual conference competitors.

Stan Drayton, Temple

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before that … Professional assistant coach—mostly for linebackers—at 13 different schools/teams, he was part of the Texas crew for over five years after training for two seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Top line of CV: He returned three times from the All-America Division I to Allegheny, and led the way to a national championship in 1990.

Realistic expectations in the first year: At least four wins as Owls build the future, especially with the running game.

Realistic expectations over the next five years: Three winning records and one bowl appearance with one season as a conference contender.

Sonny Dykes, University of California

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before that … The head coach at SMU went 30-18 in over four seasons.

Top line of CV: Won the 2011 WAC Championship at Louisiana Tech.

Realistic expectations in the first year: No less than seven wins and a bowl game where the offense shows signs of potential greatness.

Realistic expectations over the next five years: Five ball games and two Big 12 appearances thanks to a strong attack.

Mike Elko, Duke

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before that … Defensive Coordinator at Texas A&M for the past three seasons.

Top line of CV: Help turn Bowling Green’s defense into the sixth-best defense in college football in 2012 and make 2020 Texas A&M D the ninth-best player in the country.

Realistic expectations in the first year: The Duke’s defense immediately improved which allowed 477 points last year. Win four matches.

Realistic expectations over the next five years: Three winning seasons with ball appearances, and greatly improved defense.

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