Saban has six national championship titles, one with LSU (2003) and five with Alabama (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017), tied with former Alabama coach Bear Bryant for most all-time. He is the first coach in college football history to win national championships with two different schools.
In addition to his five national championships, Saban has earned two AP National Coach of the Year awards (2003,2008), the 2003 Bear Bryant Award, and three SEC Coach of the Year awards (2003, 2008, 2009), among many other accolades. Previously named by Forbes Magazine “The Most Powerful Coach in Sports” and NFL.com's "Best Head Coach in College Football," the legend of Saban continues to grow.
Saban has come to be known for his fiery personality on the sidelines and his strong leadership in the locker room and at practice. Saban’s staff and players, as well as sports experts and fans alike, have come to identify Saban’s coaching style as “The Process”—a rigorous work ethic and focus on the being the best in the immediate moment rather than looking toward what may be on the horizon. Saban demands that his players concentrate only on the task at hand and give it their all. Once that task is accomplished, move on to the next, repeat, and inevitably success will come. It is this philosophy that has distinguished Saban since his first national championship with LSU in 2003, and it’s the same credo that has rewarded his ‘Bama team with their most recent success.
Outside of coaching, Saban, along with his wife Terry, dedicates his passion to Nick’s Kids Foundation, his non-profit organization dedicated to helping mentally challenged children. The Sabans hosts and organize several functions throughout the year to bring awareness and raise money for their mission, and to date have distributed over $4 million to deserving recipients.
Saban and his wife have two children, Nicholas and Kristen. Born in Carolina, West Virginia, Saban graduated from Kent State University where he played defensive back for the Golden Flashes football team.
- A Conversation with Nick Saban