Going into the 2018 season, how to the MAC coaches stack up? Here’s the preseason ranking of all the head men.
Preview 2018: Ranking The MAC Coaches
Who do you want as your head coach for right now, and who are the best guys going at each program?
Of course, it’s easy to go by record, but it’s just as much about trends, where the teams are going, and where the buzz is at for each of the rulers of their respective worlds.
These aren’t Hot Seat Rankings – those are coming later. These are the rankings based loosely on what the head coaches have done, and mostly about what they’re about to do.
12. Mike Neu, Ball State
He needs a little bit of a break. His main men got hurt last season and nothing worked in a 2-10 season. The former Ball State quarterback needs a big year – you are what your 6-18 record is – and he has one MAC win so far. Getting back his banged up stars in the backfield should help.
– Preview 2018: Get Healthy, Get Wins
11. Mike Jinks, Bowling Green
It should work, but so far, it isn’t. A former Texas Tech assistant should have the offense rocking. It is at times, but having no defense has led to an ugly 6-18 run so far, but at least he has five MAC wins. This is a make-or-break season for the direction of the program, but there are enough pieces in place to start making a move.
– Preview 2018: Are They Finally Back?
10. Sean Lewis, Kent State
One of the hot young prospects in the coaching world, the 32-year-old is bringing FlashFast to a program that hasn’t been able to do anything offensively in years. He’s not experienced yet, but the former Bowling Green and Syracuse assistant under Dino Babers will get the O moving.
– Preview 2018: Get Ready For FlashFast
9. Chuck Martin, Miami University
A legendary head coach at Grand Valley State with a 74-7 record and two national titles, he has been okay at Miami so far, getting it to a bowl game and winning a share of the East in 2016. Even so, he has yet to have a winning season in his four campaigns, and he has just a 14-18 MAC record.
– Preview 2018: Too Good Not To Do More
8. Tim Lester, Western Michigan
The former Western Michigan quarterback had a hard act to follow. He wasn’t able to keep the success of he PJ Fleck era rolling right away, and the Broncos were snubbed for a bowl game, but going 6-6 was just okay. He has the head coaching experience at the lower level, and he’s young – he’ll get better – but now he has to get WMU back into the MAC title hunt.
– Preview 2018: Where’s The Respect?
7. Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan
Amazing in the lower-level ranks, Creighton did the absolute impossible and turned Eastern Michigan into something more than just a competitive team. The program that couldn’t do anything right for decades actually went to a bowl game in 2016, and it was a fighter last year.
– Preview 2018: So Close, But …
6. Terry Bowden, Akron
Yeah, it’s his program after six years, so it’s on him to find some more offense and to get the pieces in place, but every year, his teams are fighters. Last year, Ohio was the best team in the East, but it was Akron that ended up in the MAC Championship. He has a losing record overall and in conference play, but going to two bowls in three seasons is strong.
– Preview 2018: Somehow, Bowden Wins