With the Sacramento State football team having to bring in a new head coach due to the resignation of Marshall Sperbeck, the Hornets should look for a fresh new face to lead the program.
Sperbeck was the man in charge for seven seasons and compiled a record of 35-44 during his tenure. His marquee wins were against Pac-12 opponents, Oregon State and Colorado. He never led the Hornets to an FCS playoff appearance.
Here are four candidates that Sac State should inquire about to become the new head coach.
Jody Sears: Interim Head Coach, Sacramento State
Sears has been tabbed as the interim head coach for Sac State this season because of his previous head coaching experience at Weber State. He was previously the defensive coordinator for the Hornets, joining the team in January. Sears has a career 4-19 record as a head coach. He brings a solid defensive mind and should help the Hornets perform better than their 446.9 yards per game against in 2013. Sears has previously been a defensive coordinator at Eastern Washington University and at Washington State.
Dave Schramm: Offensive Coordinator, Fresno State
With the Hornets bringing back seniors, quarterback Garrett Safron, and wide receiver DeAndre Carter, Schramm would have no problem continuing the recent success of the Sac State offense. Schramm helped the Fresno State offense to accumulate 7,100 total yards in 2013 including guiding former Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr to throw 5,082 passing yards to lead the NCAA. Schramm will bring a fire to the Hornets and will help keep continuity on offense.
Jeff Jordan: Head Coach, Butte College
Sac State should look to the community college ranks and make an attempt at nabbing Butte College head coach Jeff Jordan. Jordan led the team to a co-National Championship this season after finishing a perfect 12-0. Jordan led the Roadrunners to a No.1 defense in California where they averaged only 16 points against per game. Jordan even coached Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It would likely take a large paycheck to pry Jordan from Butte, but it would likely be a positive for Sac State athletics.
Josh Brown: Defensive Coordinator, Cal Poly
Josh Brown was promoted to defensive coordinator at Cal Poly in 2011 and he has progressed its defense each year he has been at the helm. The Mustangs led the Big Sky Conference in scoring defense in 2013 giving up just 21.6 points per game. Brown also coaches the linebackers and can help freshman linebacker Russell Smith make the next step in his sophomore season. Brown would likely be very tough to sign away from Cal Poly as he is a native there. He does have ties to northern California as he attended San Jose State.
Of the four coaches, I think Sac State would perform best with Schramm at the helm. His knowledge of the offense will help Safron and Carter continue their success and he can help groom a potential replacement at quarterback, redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Kniffin.
Whatever Sac State decides to do, fans can hope that the athletics department targets the right coach to bring fans to the game and more importantly, win football games.