I’ve written this just about every year, so I might as well do it in 2012: D.C. is the places coaches go to get fired.
I started doing this blog in the fall of 2006. The coaches for D.C.’s five major pro sports teams back then were Frank Robinson, Eddie Jordan, Joe Gibbs, Glen Hanlon and Peter Nowak. Since then there have been 13 head coach changes, meaning I’ve worked through 18 head coaches. Here’s the timeline.
And how weird is it that Ted Leonsis has now fired two coaches since the last time Dan Snyder fired one? And that Mike Shanahan is the longest tenured major pro coach in this town?
Sept. 28, 2006: Frank Robinson’s contract will not be renewed by the Nationals. He’s replaced by Manny Acta.
Dec. 21, 2006: Piotr Nowak leaves D.C. United to become a U.S. national team assistant; he’s replaced by Tommy Soehn.
Nov. 22, 2007: Glen Hanlon is fired by the Caps, and replaced by Bruce Boudreau on an interim basis. Boudreau later gets the job.
January 8, 2008: Joe Gibbs resigns from the Redskins. He’s eventually replaced by Jim Zorn.
November 24, 2008: Eddie Jordan is fired by the Wizards. Ed Tapscott is named interim coach.
November 3, 2009: Tommy Soehn resigns from D.C. United. He’s eventually replaced by Curt Onalfo.
April 22, 2009: Flip Saunders is hired by the Wizards, replacing Tapscott.
July 13, 2009: Manny Acta is fired by the Nationals. Jim Riggleman is named interim manager, and eventually gets the gig.
January 4, 2010: Jim Zorn is fired by the Redskins. Within two days, he’s replaced by Mike Shanahan.
August 4, 2010: Curt Onalfo is fired by D.C. United. Ben Olsen is named interim coach, and eventually gets the permanent job.
June 23, 2011: Jim Riggleman resigns from the Nationals. He’s replaced on an interim basis by John McLaren, and then by Davey Johnson.
Nov. 8, 2011: Bruce Boudreau is fired by the Capitals. Dale Hunter is named head coach.
Jan. 24, 2012: Flip Saunders is fired by the Wizards. He’s replaced by Randy Wittman.