College Football News ranked the 22 coaches that were in their first year as head coach during 2009. Bill Snyder from K State was included even though he coached in Manhattan before.
Dave Christensen came in at #7 which seems like a pretty solid and accurate ranking.
#7 Dave Christensen, Wyoming
In the four seasons prior to Christensen’s arrival, the Cowboys didn’t play in a bowl game or finish above .500. In his debut, the program achieved both, including a season-ending upset of Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. With a limited offense and true freshmen Austyn Carta-Samuels and Alvester Alexander manning the backfield, Wyoming found a way to win those games that were within its grasp. Once Christensen is able to light a fire under the offense, his forte, the program will be in a much better position to compete with the Mountain West elite.
Interesting fact: Seven of the 22 coaches all have names that start with the letter "D". Dabo, Dave (x2), Danny, Dan, Doug and DeWayne. So if you want your kid to get into coaching you know what letter to use.
Props to New Mexico's Mike Locksley for coming in dead last. It will be a wait and see game to see if Locksley can turn that ship around and even make it to a third season.