MAC Preseason Head Coach Rankings: Preview 2019

MAC Preseason Head Coach Rankings: Preview 2019


MAC Preseason Head Coach Rankings: Preview 2019


Going into the 2019 season, how do the MAC coaches stack up? Here’s the preseason ranking of all the head men. 

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Who do you want as your head coach for right now, and how good are the all the current MAC coaches?

Record and resumés aren’t necessarily everything, but of course they matter. Where are each of the teams going, which guys have the buzz, and which ones need to prove themselves a bit more?

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.

Think of it this way. If you were to hold a head coaching draft …

12. Mike Neu, Ball State

To be fair, he hasn’t had too many positive breaks so far. His star guys in the backfield were hurt, then just okay, and now gone – QB Riley Neal to Vanderbilt and RB James Gilbert to Kansas State – but that doesn’t account for the miserable defenses so far. Neu is 10-26 in three years with two last place finishes in the MAC West after finishing second-to-last last season.
Last Season Preseason Ranking: 12
2019 Ball State Preview

11. Tom Arth, Akron

Simultaneously in the you-never-know and watch-him-become-the-next-Saban categories, the 38-year-old’s John Carroll teams of the D-III world were great, but once he got that stepping-stone job at UT Chattanooga, the results were a big bag of 9-13 meh over the last two years. Remember, Akron played for the MAC title two seasons ago.
Last Season Preseason Ranking: Not Ranked
2019 Akron Preview

10. Sean Lewis, Kent State

Still really, really young, the 33-year-old is trying to get his Fast-Fast offense to get going, and there were signs of actual improvement despite the 2-10 season. It’s still going to take a while, but eventually, his offense will be a whole lot of fun. Give him another year or so – he’s got the upside to make Kent State a MAC player.
Last Season Preseason Ranking: 10
2019 Kent State Preview

9. Chuck Martin, Miami University

He’s doing an okay job, but he’s now in his sixth season and hasn’t been able to build off of the one big year in 2016. He has yet to come up with a winning season, has gone to one bowl game – the RedHawks were snubbed last season – and he hasn’t been able to recreate the glory of his run at coach at Grand Valley State, where he went 74-7 with two national D-II titles.
Last Season Preseason Ranking: 9
2019 Miami University Preview

8. Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois

He knows Northern Illinois, knows how to get a running game going, and knows how to the program works. The pressure is on to keep the production and the winning going as one of the MAC’s superpowers, but the 38-year-old should be ready to give it a go after serving as a key assistant at Wisconsin and as the running backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens.
Last Season Preseason Ranking: Not Ranked
2019 Northern Illinois Preview

7. Scot Loeffler, Bowling Green

It’s a nice job at the right time for the 44-year-old Loeffler, who worked his way up the ranks as a solid offensive coordinator at Auburn, Virginia Tech and Boston College. He’s a veteran who’s getting his shot, and he should have the offense to make the Falcons interesting right away.
Last Season Preseason Ranking: Not Ranked
2019 Bowling Green Preview

6. Tim Lester, Western Michigan

This is the year when Lester needs to show he’s ready to take the Western Michigan program back to the elite conference level it enjoyed under PJ Fleck. There’s as much high-end talent as any team in the league, but after an underwhelming 13-12 start and 9-7 MAC record, it’s time to play for a conference title.
Last Season Preseason Ranking: 8
2019 Western Michigan Preview

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