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The Philadelphia coaching carousel
by Scott Butler 10/9/13

Last night was Craig Berube’s first game as a head coach in the NHL.  It was a big game because it catapulted him to the status of veteran head coach in the city of Philadelphia. He already has more big league coaching experience than Brett Brown of the Sixers and is 27 games away from tying Ryne Sandberg for the most games coached.  Chip Kelly and his full 5 games of head coaching experience is now the longest tenured coach in Philadelphia. 

In less than 10 months, the head coaches of Philadelphia's four major sports went from a combined 50 years of head coaching experience to zero full years.  It’s not surprising considering three of the four teams finished with losing records last season (the Flyers finished one game above .500) and no Philadelphia team reached the playoffs. But to lose four coaches in less than a year is quite amazing.

The change in coaching experience is dramatic. 

Check this out: the previous group of coaches had a combined 50 years and 3,663 games of experience in their careers and amassed 1,966 wins, 15 division titles, 5 conference titles, and 2 World Championships.

As of today, the current coaches have combined for 0 full seasons, 47 games, 22 wins, and 0 titles.

Let's see it in table form. Here are the career coaching totals of the previous regime followed by the current coaches.

Philadelphia Head Coaching Experience Comparison

  Seasons Games Wins Losses Record Div Titles Conference Titles Championships
Old regime 50 3663 1966 1608 1966-1608-1 15 5 2
Current regime 3 48 23 25 23-25 0 0 0

Here also is the individual breakdown by coaches.

Previous Regime Head Coaching Experience

  Seasons Games Wins Losses Record Div Titles Confer enc Titles Championships
Charlie Manuel 12 1826 1000 826 1000-826 6 2 1
Andy Reid 15 229 135 93 135-93-1 7 1 0
Peter Laviolette 12 759 389 282 389-282 2 2 1
Doug Collins 11 849 442 407 442-407 0 0 0

 

Current Head Coaching Experience

  Seasons Games Wins Losses Record Div Titles Conference Titles Championships
Ryne Sandberg 1 42 20 22 20-22 0 0 0
Chip Kelly 1 5 2 3 2-3 0 0 0
Craig Berube 1 1 1 0 1-0 0 0 0
Brett Brown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

So the dawn of a new era is upon us.

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