There are several outstanding football coordinators – both of the seasoned and the up-and-coming variety.
The names of Phil Bennett, defensive coordinator at TCU, Mike Stoops, Oklahoma defensive coordinator and Glenn Spencer, the defensive mastermind under coach Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State. come immediately to mind.
The aforementioned would all be considered seasoned coordinators. Chase Goodbread, a writer for NFL.com says the more seasoned coordinators in college football tend to fall on the defensive side of the ball, while the hottest new coordinators prefer to make their mark designing offensive schemes and calling plays on the opposite side of the ball.
As part of NFL.com’s continuing series “14 for 14,” Goodbread ranks Phillip Montgomery, offensive coordinator for the Baylor Bears, as one of the 14 hottest coordinators. in college football.
Montgomery is in his sixth season at Baylor. He coaches the quarterbacks and calls the plays for the Bears’ high-powered offense. Montgomery and head coach Art Briles have worked together for 15 seasons. The pair coached together when Briles was at Stephenville (Texas) High School.
“Baylor is quickly becoming the Oregon of the south, and Montgomery is a big reason why,” writes Goodbread. “As the play-caller for what is arguably the fastest-paced offense in the country, Montgomery is on the cutting edge of offensive football in the college game.
“Baylor blew away the entire NCAA field last year in total offense, ranking No. 1 in the country with 619 yards per game,” Goodbread continues. “That beat No. 2-ranked Oregon by 50 yards. He coached Robert Griffin III to a Heisman Trophy-winning season, and might do so again this fall with star quarterback and NFL draft prospect Bryce Petty.”
Goodbread does not individually rank the coordinators he calls the hottest in college football, but Montgomery is in good company. Also cited in the article are Justin Wilcox of USC, Kurt Roper of Florida, Jake Spavital of Texas A&M, Scott Frost of Oregon and Chad Morris of Clemson, among others. All are offensive coordinators at their respective schools.