Steve Sarkisian has been named Alabama’s new offensive coordinator after serving as an offensive analyst on the Crimson Tide staff this past season.
It didn’t take long for Alabama head coach Nick Saban to find a replacement for departing offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. On Friday, Alabama announced that Steve Sarkisian, who served as the Crimson Tide’s offensive analyst this season, will take over starting next season.
“We are pleased to be able to hire an offensive coordinator with the pedigree and experience of Steve Sarkisian,” Saban said. “He has a tremendous offensive mind and is someone we believe will do a great job of teaching and developing our football team on the offensive side of the ball. He has been a great asset to our coaching staff this season and brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to his job. Steve will be a phenomenal addition to our coaching staff and someone who can seamlessly transition into the job with a full understanding of how our organization works.”
Sarkisian made his name as a quarterback coach at USC and the Oakland Raiders before becoming the Trojans’ offensive coordinator in 2007. Due to his success, he accepted the head coaching position at Washington in 2009 and helped turnaround a stagnant Huskies program. He then returned to Los Angeles as the head coach of the Trojans before being fired in 2015.
“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to join Coach Saban’s staff, and I can’t thank The University of Alabama enough,” Sarkisian said. “I have always admired the Alabama program from afar and getting to be part of this football team these past few months has only reinforced my belief that this is the best college football organization in the country. There are many outstanding coaches and athletes at The University of Alabama, and I am exstremely excited to star working with them in my new role. This is a very special place to have the opportunity to coach when you consider the program’s rich tradition and the unrivaled passion of the fan base.”
Kiffin, who accepted the head coaching job at FAU this past week, will remain as the offensive coordinator through the College Football Playoff, as the Crimson Tide try to repeat as national champions.
Sarkisian will have the fortune of quarterback Jalen Hurts returning next season for his sophomore season, and a slew of talent at every position ready to contribute for the Crimson Tide.