The Life of a Coach

By Ross Fulton on August 11, 2013 at 10:31a

The New York Times profiles the career of New York Jets coach Steve Hagan. Hagan has held 16 jobs, with 12 colleges and 2 NFL teams. On average, Hagan has moved every two years. The Times underscores the impact that such a nomadic career has upon Hagan's family. Hagan states that “When you’re doing this in Division I or in pro football, you’re basically a freelance contractor."  The article is an interesting reminder that coaching football is a challenging profession with little job security.  

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Riggins's picture

And I'm sure he's been compensated handsomely.  I looked at his coaching history, and most of those look like vertical moves (in his mind). I'm saying most of those moves were him climbing his way up the coaching ladder.  It's not like he's getting fired each time and having to look for work in a new city.  He is choosing this life. Not a lot of sympathy, sorry.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Garnering sympathy isn't the point.
This is just a glimpse into the high stress, pressure cooker that the coaching profession is.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Unreal what some in the profession have to endure.

MN Buckeye's picture

The pressure of coaching can be enormous at any level, but the more you are paid the higher the stakes.

pjtobin's picture

I didn't click the link. I would think if he had a family that moving every two years might have long term effects on his wife and kids. That could almost be described as unstable. IMO. I know I've made tough decisions for my career. I factor my family into each decision I make. Money is not happiness. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Maestro's picture

No thanks

vacuuming sucks