The Falcon coach is wrapping up his sixth season in Colorado Springs and is among 24 FBS coaches who were hired after the 2006 season. Of those, only Calhoun, Alabama’s Nick Saban, Michigan State’s Mark D’Antonio and Rice’s David Bailiff remain in the jobs they were hired to do. And, all four are in bowls this season, with two of the four squaring off against one another in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
Calhoun is 47-30 in his six seasons on the Falcon sidelines and he led the squad to its sixth-straight bowl appearance when it agreed to take on Bailiff and his Rice Owls in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Is there a secret to Calhoun’s success and his relative longevity?
“As far as I’m concerned, there is one thing that gives you a good chance to succeed – Stay focused on doing your job,” he said. “There always are distractions and difficult times, as well as good moments. As a head coach, you have a responsibility to handle it all in stride and lead, take pride in your craft and go full speed in everything you do.”
Calhoun, who is a 1989 graduate of the Air Force Academy, sees his time as a cadet as a real plus for him as a head coach.
“It helps to know what is required of the students here and the kind of regime they go through,” he said. “As a coach, it gives me a really good sense of what we can demand and expect of our players. It’s been a real help to have gone through the process here, even if it was a few years ago.”