Going into the 2018 season, how to the Sun Belt coaches stack up? Here’s the preseason ranking of all the head men.
Preview 2018: Ranking The Sun Belt 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.
10. Everett Withers, Texas State
It could and should eventually work – the Bobcats are way overdue to come up with a breakthrough season. Withers has brought in a few nice recruiting classes, but the production hasn’t been there with two straight ugly 2-10 seasons. Now is when the turn has to come.
– Preview 2018: Enough Rebuilding … Win
9. Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern
He’ll be a lot higher next year. The longtime Georgia Southern assistant took over the head coaching gig midway through last season, and the offense started to work. The 2-4 finish might not have been anything amazing, but at least the team showed a sign of like. Now he has to prove he can be a consistent winner.
– Preview 2018: A Change Did Them Good
8. Steve Campbell, South Alabama
There are a whole lot of interesting, promising coaches in the Sun Belt. The only reason Campbell isn’t higher is because he hasn’t been a Power Five head coach yet. The 52-year-old was great at Central Arkansas and Delta State – he won a D-II national title – and he has the offensive coaching skills to make USA solid.
– Preview 2018: New Coach, New Attitude
7. Matt Viator, ULM
The superstar head man at McNeese State appears to be just on the verge of turning ULM into a real, live Sun Belt player. The two straight 4-8 seasons aren’t anything great, but his offense is exciting and he’s got the pieces in place to push for the conference title if everything goes according to plan.
– Preview 2018: It’s Fun, But Can It Win?
6. Shawn Elliott, Georgia State
He stepped in and did a wonderful job with Georgia State in a rebuild of a year. The former interim South Carolina head coach has the energy and the positive attitude, and he has a bowl win under his belt taking the Panthers to a great 7-5 season. Coming off a great recruiting season, the needle is pointing up.
– Preview 2018: Growing Sun Belt Power