Woody Hayes

Coaching Tree

Woody Hayes Coaching Tree

What is a coaching tree?

A coaching tree is a graphical depiction of the former assistant coaches of a certain head coach that then went on and became head coaches. The tree also shows the next generations of head coaches at each layer.

In the above Woody Hayes coaching tree, only the coaches named directly below Woody Hayes are the head coaches that were former assistants of Woody Hayes.

Coaching trees can be useful to track the philosophical influence of a particular coach as well as tracing the "lineage" of a coach back to various other coaches. Recently in the NFL, all 32 head coaches could be traced back to three prominent head coaches: Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and Marty Schottenheimer.