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Tyrone Willingham Tyrone Willingham who last year accepted the job of head football coach at Notre Dame University broke a sort of color barrier at the school He became the first African-American to coach the Irish in any sport Tyrone Willingham has been in the coaching business for 28 years He has spent time as an assistant coach for Michigan State and was a running backs coach for the NFL Minnisota Vikings He started out as the assistant coach at Stanford before he took the head coaching job there At Stanford he spent 7 years building up the Cardinal team He took Stanford to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1972 and also his teams first Conference Championship in ten years He was very successful in this career at Stanford University Tyrone though always had his eye on a big name coaching job and when Notre Dame fired their head coach after a pair of horrible seasons he knew that was his dream job Notre Dame went on a search to find the best man for the coaching vacancy and that would lead them to there past glory The University was looking for a man that was tough both on the field and in the classroom Tyrone Willingham had both of these two qualities and is what has given him the chance to coach the Irish So on December 21st 2001 he got the chance to prove himself to the football community that he was a great coach In taking the head coaching position he fulfilled a dream of his He was quoted as saying that it was the best job in all sports and that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity Though he left a good program for his dream job he made another impact not only in his life but the lives of others When Tyrone Willingham accepted the job in his press conference one of the first
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