Mike MacIntyre went 1-12 in his first year at San Jose State, but after finishing the 2012 regular season 10-2 and with a trip to the Military Bowl, MacIntyre has proven to be the right coach to turn around the Spartans.
While the Spartans won just six games during MacIntyre's first two seasons, he led San Jose State to its first 10-win season since 1987 and just its second bowl appearance since 1991. The sudden turnaround may come as a surprise to some, but not to MacIntyre, who outlined everything in the master plan he created when he interviewed for the job with former athletic director Tom Bowen.
"He wasn't afraid," Bowen said, according to the Mercury News. "He wasn't fearful about confronting the challenges."
When MacIntyre interviewed, he had a detailed plan to address every issue the Spartans faced. That included an enhanced strength and conditioning program as well as a bigger recruiting imprint in California . Both of those of those plans paid dividends in the Spartans 10-win regular season.
With a win against Bowling Green in the Military Bowl, the Spartans can finish the season with a San Jose State-record 11 wins. The Spartans have come a long way in MacIntyre's three seasons, but may go even further as the coach said he plans to remain at San Jose State for a while.