Alabama swiftly secures Washington coach and former Indiana offensive coordinator, Kalen DeBoer, as the successor to legendary football coach Nick Saban. DeBoer’s move to Alabama follows Saban’s retirement after a remarkable 17-season tenure that saw six national championships with the Crimson Tide, as reported by ESPN’s Pete Thamel.
DeBoer’s Coaching Pedigree and Success at Washington
Kalen DeBoer, 49, comes to Alabama with an impressive coaching record, notably achieving a 104-12 record in nine seasons at Sioux Falls, Fresno State, and Washington. His recent stint at Washington included an undefeated regular season, a Pac-12 title, and a College Football Playoff semifinal win against Texas.
During the 2022 season, DeBoer guided the Huskies to an 11-2 record, securing victory in the Alamo Bowl against Texas. The team, led by quarterback Michael Penix Jr., concluded the year ranked No. 8 in the AP top-25 poll.
DeBoer’s success extends to his time at Indiana in 2019, where as offensive coordinator, he contributed to the Hoosiers’ 8-5 record, reaching the Gator Bowl. His work with quarterback Michael Penix Jr. showcased a potent offense ranking high in both points per game and passing yards.
DeBoer’s Transition to Alabama and Coaching Legacy
The announcement of DeBoer’s move to Alabama comes on the heels of Nick Saban’s retirement, marking a significant transition for the Crimson Tide. DeBoer, named AP National Coach of the Year in 2023, faces the challenge of filling Saban’s massive coaching shoes.
DeBoer’s coaching journey includes significant roles at Fresno State, Eastern Michigan, and Southern Illinois before his head coaching position at Sioux Falls, where he secured three undefeated NAIA National Championships from 2005-09.
As DeBoer assumes the role at Alabama, the football community awaits to see how his proven track record of success will influence the future of the Crimson Tide, known for its rich football legacy.