Rank 'Em: Pressure coaching jobs

Created: July 6, 2010, 7:06 AM

Is Dunga's successor doomed from the start?

What is the hottest coaching seat in all of sports?

With great power, not to mention great salaries, comes great pressure. That seems to be the case in the world of coaching, where an opportunity to take charge of a flagship team or program means meeting expectations of sustained excellence. Former Brazilian national team player Dunga knew that when he took over as coach of the country's football side, but it didn't help him escape a quick dismissal after an early World Cup exit.

The jobs listed below are some of the most prized coaching positions in all of sports, but they're also some of the highest pressure assignments. Which are the toughest? That's up to you.

How are the points calculated?
On a poll with 10 options, a No.1 ranking equals 10 points, a No.2 ranking equals 9 points, etc. The item with the most points will be ranked first.
  • Current coach: Nick Saban
  • Current coach: Terry Francona
  • Current coach: Vacant
  • Current coach: Lou Piniella
  • Current coach: Wade Phillips
  • Current coach: Mike Krzyzewski
  • Current coach: Urban Meyer
  • Current coach: John Calipari
  • Current coach: Phil Jackson
  • Current coach: Rich Rodriguez
  • Current coach: Joe Girardi
  • Current coach: Roy Williams
  • Current coach: Brian Kelly
  • Current coach: Jim Tressel
  • Current coach: Mack Brown