Kliff Kingsbury: 'I never saw him one time raise his voice to a coach'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday August 20, 2013
As Kliff Kingsbury prepares for his first season as a head coach, it has been a mix of using lessons from his former bosses and picking up things on his own.
Kingsbury joined The Tim Brando Show and explained that the biggest key to his success has been to do what's comfortable, and his bosses let him do that.
“I’ve always tried to be true to myself,” he said. “I’ve seen guys get head coaching jobs and be the guy that they worked for or be the guy that they want to be. I’ve just always wanted to be myself. I was lucky enough at Texas A&M to have a coach that allowed me to be myself and run my offense the way I wanted to do it. I’ve been very fortunate in that regard.
“Then to hire five guys that have played here, we knew we needed that young energy back and guys that were passionate about this pace. The university is excited, our fanbase is excited and I know our players are.”
Those lessons from Kevin Sumlin are still fresh in his mind, and there was one aspect of head-coaching that sticks out more than anything. Something he's tried to do himself.
“The biggest thing is the way he handles the players and coaches,” Kingsbury said. “He treats everybody with the respect they deserve until they prove they can’t handle that. I never saw him one time raise his voice to a coach. He treats them like men. He empowers them and lets them be themselves. That’s the biggest thing from working with Coach Sumlin.”
Every first-time head coach has to learn to deal with the CEO-like approach as the responsibilities increase. Earlier in the day, Dana Holgorsen said on the show that, despite his age, Kingsbury has been groomed for this moment.
“It’s an everyday adventure,” Kingsbury said. “When you’re calling plays and being offensive coordinator, you think you have a lot on your plate. Until you sit in that chair on a daily basis, the administrative things you deal with, it’s hard to imagine. Each and every day, you learn and try to get better.”