Washington most volatile city for pro coaches – USA Today
In news that isn’t exactly shocking to Washingtonians, the teams that call the Nation’s Capital home (Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals, Washington Redskins and Washington Wizards) go through coaches quicker than any other city. MLS and the WNBA were not included in the analysis, though I don’t think including D.C. United or the Washington Mystics would change the conclusion. Details:
In its study, USA TODAY analyzed manager/head coach turnover rates by sport, franchise and market, using each team’s five most recent full-time bosses. Interim appointments weren’t included, unless the person subsequently was given the job for the next season. MLB and NFL teams were charted through the conclusion of the 2011 season; NHL and NBA coaches through the halfway point of the 2011-12 campaign.
In three of the four jobs, he took over during the season as an interim manager. The Padres kept him for two years, the Mariners made a change when a new general manager was hired in the offseason and he was with the Nationals for a total of about two years (with one-year contracts for a reported $600,000 annually).
“As an interim manager, if you then manage on a one-year contract, for all intents and purposes you’re still an interim manager,” Riggleman said. “There’s a little more of a feeling that nobody’s ever been too sure whether you should be here or not.”
Riggleman stresses he isn’t blaming management for his departure from the Nationals. “I did what I thought was the right thing. I never said it was the smart thing,” he said.
Susan O’Malley is quoted, but after her tenure with the Bullets/Wizards, she doesn’t deserve to be heard. If you don’t remember, she pioneered marketing the visiting teams rather than the home team, especially with the Bullets.
Dale Hunter of the Caps and Randy Wittman will both be out as head coaches of their respective teams following the conclusion of their seasons in April or May. Book it. Mike Shanahan has at least one more season with he Redskins while Davey Johnson is a wild card with the Nats. Johnson is already the second-longest tenured head man in D.C. and he started last June. I don’t know how long he will be around, since he keeps saying “if we don’t make the playoffs, they can fire me.”
I’d be curious to see how D.C. shakes out with general manager tenure — they seem to stick around a lot longer (perhaps too long).