Prior to 6th year Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban winning his 4th overall National Championship game this past week, I had the opportunity to listen to him interviewing with ESPN. One does not have to be a huge college sports fan to know that Saban is arguably the best college football coach in the history of the game—especially since its recent (last thirty or so years) explosion as a highly organized, commercial enterprise. Saban made some interesting points that I think are worth comparing to that of the best college basketball coach of all-time, possibly the greatest coach of all time in any sport, John Wooden. Wooden won 10 National Titles at UCLA. What do they have in common? What stark differences do they have? And last, what can we, as baseball coaches, learn from them both? I am not professing to be a college basketball or college football know-it-all. In fact, I am willing to admit, that I know very little about either sport. However, as college head coach with very little experience working as an assistant, I am obsessed with learning from the best in the business—and here is what I have learned from these two greats:
What do they have in common?