For the first time since 2012, FSU enters a season with the same coaching staff from the previous year.
Although the stability is nice and if there is one staff Jimbo Fisher is happy to keep together it’s this one, sometimes, though, change is good.
Fisher’s staff was the same for his first three seasons before he had to replace six assistants following 2012.
The result: The single-greatest season in school history that culminated with the 2013 national championship.
“It does help,” Fisher said when turnover is limited. “But there’s times when a little turnover is good. It generates new ideas, new influence, you don’t get in a rut. I don’t want to lose any of our coaches but the consistency definitely does help, there’s no doubt.
“But sometime when you have a change it’s not a bad thing either.”
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Following the 2013 season, the Seminoles lost one assistant each of the next two years: DC Jeremy Pruitt left for Georgia and LB coach Sal Sunseri bolted for the Oakland Raiders.
Although Bill Miller replaced Pruitt on the staff in 2014, Charles Kelly was promoted to coordinator. Kelly’s defense took a big step forward last season and should be even better in 2016. The closest any assistant came to leaving this year was when Auburn made a strong push for Kelly, who ultimately turned down a huge pay raise to remain in Tallahassee.
Brad Lawing replaced Sunseri and has been a solid addition, not only in coaching the defensive ends and outside linebackers but especially in recruiting.
The longest tenured assistant on staff is Odell Haggins (associate head coach/DT), who is entering his 23rd season as a coach. Haggins, Rick Trickett (assistant head coach/OL) and Lawrence Dawsey (co-OC/WR) are the three who have been with Fisher from the start.