Alabama football coach Nick Saban to leave coaching position after ‘culture change’

Alabama football head coach Nick “Nick” Saban will be leaving his post after a culture change in the football program, athletic development director David E. Gentry announced Monday.

Gentry said Saban will begin working on new coaching positions for the Crimson Tide, including as an offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and defensive coordinator.

The move will not affect Saban’s position as the nation’s longest-tenured coach.

Saban, who will become a part-time coach in the fall, has led the Crimson Tigers to two SEC titles and a berth in the national title game, as well as five NCAA championships.

He also led Alabama to the 2003 national championship and four BCS national championships.

Saban was named the 2014 Outstanding Athletic Director of the Year by the Alabama Football Foundation and was named to the Associated Press Academic All-America team.

The Crimson Tide finished 10-1 in his first year, but went 0-11 the next three seasons.

More than 30 years of Saban’s coaching career, Saban is one of the most respected coaches in college football.

His record as a head coach at Alabama includes three national championships, five SEC titles, three Heisman Trophy wins and a national title.