Getting the most out of their teams is something that is common in the MacIntyre college football coaching tree.
It began with George MacIntyre improving struggling football programs at Tennessee-Martin and Vanderbilt and following in his father's footsteps Mike MacIntyre the New Head Football Coach at Colorado, who turned around a struggling San Jose State team in just three years.
Mike MacIntyre took over a struggling San Jose State team on December 16, 2009, despite only winning one game in his first season, the veteran defensive minded coach turned the Spartans fortunes around with a 5-7 record in year 2 and most impressively a 10 win season in year three.
BuffPlayBook.com recently interviewed Coach MacIntyre to get his thoughts on turning around the Buff Football Program at Colorado.
BPB Question: Compare the talent at San Jose State when you first arrived there as the head coach to the talent you have here in your first year as Head Football Coach at the University of Colorado.
Coach MacIntyre's Answer: The main difference was the fact that we were only working with 75 scholarships the first season at San Jose State compared to the 85 scholarships you normally have allotted. Talent wise we have a few more play makers here at Colorado than we did at SJSU and we have more size here at CU. Overall we are starting off with a more athletic team here in Boulder. We did a great job recruiting at San Jose State, we feel that we will be able to do even a better job of recruiting athletes to our incredible campus at Colorado.
BPB Question:Talk about turning football programs around, your approach, your focus on how to make Colorado a winning football program.
Coach MacIntyre's Answer: The most important thing is developing the young man instead of just worrying about developing him as an athlete. The more well rounded person you have, the better football player you are going to have, I truly believe that.
It's important for us as coaches to build a trust with our student athletes, if there is no trust you won't be able to turn it around. You have to show them you care about them and that they can trust you. It's also about believing you can accomplish great things and that you will be successful. Our trust factor with our players is growing on a daily basis and that's something that I'm very excited about.
BPB Question: What does it mean to you be the Head Coach at the University of Colorado?
Coach MacIntyre's Answer: It's a phenomenal honor, a very humbling experience to be able to lead a great university in a great state. To be able to coach a BCS and Pac 12 team is definitely a honor. It's something that I take very seriously and very proud to be the head coach here.
BPB Question: What influence did your father George had on your coaching career?
Coach MacIntyre's Answer: Dad means a tremendous amount to me, he turned two terrible football programs around, Vanderbilt hadn't won a sec game in six years, they were the only ones throwing the football at the time. He did things the right way. Took a Tennessee Martin team that hadn't won in several years and in his second and third seasons went 8-3.
Dad coached with a great humbleness, He now has MS, his former players love him. They have raised money for him, how his former players care about him is amazing. A lot of them have come up to me and told me If it wasn't for your dad they wouldn't be the men they are today.
He always put the student athlete first, he rebuilt programs that were impossible to rebuild, learned a lot from him and you can say it's in my DNA and my coaching make up.
BPB Question:Give all Buff fans a little information on your offensive and defensive philosophies.
Coach MacIntyre's Answer: On offense we will run out of the pistol formation and have a downhill physical style running attack. The offense will be about getting the ball out of your hands quickly and get it into our playmakers hands. We will run multiple speeds on offense and we will bring in a lot of different personnel groups in and out of the game to utilize our talents the best that we can.
On defense we will run out of a 4-3 front and a 4-2-5 formation based on who we are playing. We will definitely bring the pressure, we will have to defend a lot of spread offenses, we have to be aggressive on the defensive line of scrimmage and knock down some quick passes. We want to create a lot of turnovers, we work a lot on that aspect of our game.
This is part one of a two part series with our recent interview with Coach MacIntyre. Stay tuned to BuffPlayBook.com for complete coverage of your Colorado Buff Athletic teams.