Introducing Kalen DeBoer: Alabama Welcomes New Head Football Coach Following Nick Saban’s Retirement

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama has announced that Kalen DeBoer, former head football coach at Washington, will take over as the new head coach of the Crimson Tide. DeBoer is stepping into the role previously held by the legendary coach Nick Saban, who recently retired.

Alabama’s Athletics Director, Greg Byrne, expressed excitement about the hiring, stating that DeBoer is a proven winner who cares about his players. He believes that DeBoer is the right person to lead the football program and continue the tradition of excellence at Alabama.

DeBoer’s recent success with the Washington Huskies includes leading them to the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship. In his first year with the program, he achieved an impressive 11-2 record and secured a win in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Reflecting on his new role, DeBoer expressed his admiration for Alabama football and its history of excellence. He sees the opportunity to coach the Crimson Tide as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is grateful for the support of the university’s leadership.

While DeBoer faces the challenge of following in the footsteps of the highly successful Nick Saban, he has the support and endorsement of his predecessor. Saban believes that DeBoer is an outstanding choice who understands what it takes to be a successful head coach.

As DeBoer takes on his new role, he will meet with the team to discuss his plans for the program and build rapport with the players. He will also have the opportunity to address the media at a press conference scheduled for tomorrow.

The hiring of DeBoer has generated excitement among fans, who turned out in large numbers to welcome him to Tuscaloosa. While there are still questions about how DeBoer will navigate the challenges of coaching in the SEC and filling Saban’s shoes, fans are supportive and optimistic about the future of Alabama football under his leadership.