Rhoads has more than doubled ISU’s win percent

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Two years ago, there were 21 Division 1A schools that hired new football coaches. The results for those coaches are a mixed bag.

A trio – Lane Kiffin (Tennessee & USC), Brady Hoke (San Diego State & Michigan) and Michael Haywood (Miami, Ohio & Pitt) – have already moved on.

Another pair – Gene Chizik (Auburn) and Chip Kelly (Oregon) – played in Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game.

Three – Chizik, Kelly and Hoke – have been named league coaches of the year.

Fourteen have taken teams to bowls and six broke their school’s bowl championship droughts, including Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads.

Determining who has done the best job, however, requires assessing the programs each man inherited. So, the list below is based upon improvement in two-year winning percentage for 2009-10 compared to the two years prior to hiring. Here are the results:

Coach

School

07-08%

09-10%

Difference

Steve Sarkisian

Washington

16.0%

48.0%

32.0%

Paul Rhoads

Iowa State

20.8%

48.0%

27.2%

Doug Marrone

Syracuse

20.8%

48.0%

27.2%

Gene Chizik

Auburn

56.0%

81.5%

25.5%

Rich Ellerson

Army

25.0%

48.0%

23.0%

Tim Beckman

Toledo

33.3%

52.0%

18.7%

Gary Andersen

Utah St.

20.8%

33.3%

12.5%

Chip Kelly

Oregon

73.1%

84.6%

11.5%

Bill Snyder

Kansas St.

41.7%

52.0%

10.3%

Dan Mullen

Mississippi St.

48.0%

56.0%

8.0%

Dave Christensen

Wyoming

37.5%

40.0%

2.5%

 


The rest of the programs, who hired new coaches in 2009, have gotten worse under their current staffs.

Sarkisian, Rhoads and Marrone have all won 48 percent of their games and are the only three, who have more than doubled their school’s winning percentage. The future does, indeed appear very bright in Ames.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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