The coaching jobs in America at all levels have become filled with pressure from school boosters, administration, and fans. In America there are many tough coaching jobs. The stress level of these jobs is at an all-time high. Coaches are under pressure every year to have winning seasons, make the postseason, and win championships. If the coach doesn’t meet the school or teams expectations, they will be fired from their coaching position.
10: New York Giants.
The New York media and Giants ownership is very demanding. Jim Fassel led the Giants to a Super Bowl in 2000. However, Fassel was fired in 2003 because the Giants missed the playoffs. Current head coach Tom Coughlin has been on the hot seat for the last three seasons. Coughlin led the Giants to a Super Bowl victory in 2007.
9: Washington Redskins:
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has been through five coaches since the year 2000. Snyder puts pressure on his coaches to make the playoffs and win Super Bowls. If the coaches cant achieve Snyder’s goals, they will be fired. Snyder fired veteran NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer after only one season. He also fired Jim Zorn after only two seasons.
8: Los Angeles Lakers:
The Los Angeles Lakers face pressure from former players, fans, and media. The Lakers’ management expect to win a championship every year, anything less is a disappointment. Any time a team is faced with those type of expectations the pressure is high.
7: New York Knicks
The media pressure is high for the New York Knicks. The New York media is very aggressive with the coaches, and so are the fans. New York Knicks ownership wants the Knicks to compete for NBA titles each season. The Knicks fired coaches Lenny Wilkins in 2005, Larry Brown in 2006 and Isiah Thomas in 2008.
6: Kentucky Basketball
The Kentucky men’s basketball head coaching job is filled with pressure to win national championships and SEC titles. Kentucky forced longtime coach Tubby Smith to resign because the Wildcats couldn’t contend for a national title.Billy Gillispie was fired in 2009 because the Wildcats failed to make the NCAA tournament. The season before Gillispie led the Wildcats to an SEC Championship.
5: University of Miami Football:
The University of Miami has been through two coaches since 2006. With poor facilities, it has been difficult for the Hurricanes to attract top recruits. The Hurricanes fired Larry Coker in 2006. Coker won the 2001 national vhampionship, and had a coaching record of 60 wins with only 15 losses. Randy Shannon took over in 2007 and was fired in 2010. Shannon had a winning record at Miami, but was fired because the Hurricanes never won an ACC Championship.
4: Notre Dame Football:
The Notre Dame football program is a tough place to succeed. The pressure to win is always high, and recruiting top players is difficult because of the school’s academic policy. The school has been through three coaches since 2001. All those coaches were fired, and all those coaches left the school with winning records. However, none of the coaches won a national championship.
3: Dallas Cowboys:
The Cowboys fans, administration and media want to compete for Super Bowls every season. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones demands his coaches to win. Jones has fired several top name coaches since he bought the team in 1989. Jones fired or forced out coaches such as Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo, and Wade Phillips.
2: University of Alabama:
The University of Alabama football team went through three coaches from 1997 until 2007. Mike Dubose led the Crimson Tide to an SEC Championship in 1999. In 2000, the Tide only won three games and Dubose was fired. Dennis Franchione took over in 2001 and led Alabama to two straight winning seasons. Following the 2002 season, Franchione left Alabama to take the Texas A&M job. Reports indicated that Franchione was under heavy pressure from school boosters to win an SEC Championship and that is why he left Alabama. Mike Shula took over in 2003 and following a 10-win season in 2005, Shula was fired following a six-win 2006 season.
1: New York Yankees:
The New York Yankees baseball team’s goal is to win the World Series each season. Anything below that is considered to Yankee standards as a disappointment. Joe Torre won four World Series for the Yankees, and was forced to resign in 2008 because he failed to win a World Series since the 2000 season. Yankee owners, the Steinbrener family, gave Torre a pay cut, which forced his resignation. Torre had made the playoffs in every season as Yankee manager, but that wasn’t up to Yankee baseball standards.