A head coach is only as good as his assistants, and Nick Saba has made a number of key staff acquisitions in his tenure at Alabama. Here is a look at Saban’s top 10 hires at UA:

10. Ed Marynowitz

Director of player personnel (2008-11)

Associate athletics director for football (2016)

What he’s known for: Being a meticulous organizer who helped put Alabama’s recruiting efforts at the top

Why he was a great hire: During his time as the director of player personnel, he oversaw recruiting efforts that brought in the players that built the Alabama dynasty. His talents led him to the front offices of the Philadelphia Eagles as essentially a general manager. Now he’s back to help the Crimson Tide reel in another star-studded recruiting class.

9. Amy Bragg

Nutritionist (2010-current)

What she’s known for: Overseeing the team’s nutritional needs, allowing players to see the gains/losses they need

Why she was a great hire: Quite literally, Bragg sets the table, allowing the student-athletes to properly fuel themselves. Most of the time that involves taking a teenager and adding weight, something not exactly easy to do with a high metabolic rate.

Alabama Offensive Line Coach Mario Cristobal at University of Alabama fall football practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Dusty Compton | The Tuscaloosa News

8. Mario Cristobal

Offensive line (tackles)/Tight end (2016)

Offensive line (2013-15)

What he’s known for: Being one of the best recruiters in the country

Why he was a great hire: Cristobal is a players coach. He’s also one of the best recruiters around. As offensive line coach, his group won the Joe Moore Award as the nation’s best offensive line in 2015. This year, left tackle Cam Robinson won the Outland Trophy.

7. Tosh Lupoi

Outside linebackers (2015-current)

Defensive analyst (2014)

What he’s known for: Making the outside linebackers a pass-rushing force

Why he was a great hire: Lupoi is one of the best recruiters on the staff, and he couples that with a coaching style that produces results. In his two years as an on-the-field coach, Alabama’s sack numbers have totaled 102 and counting. Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson have particularly bloomed under his coaching.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) and offensive coordinator Jim McElwain during Alabama football practice Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. Michelle Lepianka Carter | The Tuscaloosa News

6. Jim McElwain

Offensive coordinator (2008-11)

What he’s known for: His self-deprecating sense of humor

Why he was a great hire: McElwain is most known for developing Alabama quarterbacks Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron. He also knew Alabama’s pro-style offense was fueled by its power rushing attack and called games with that knowledge.

5. Jeremy Pruitt

Defensive coordinator (2016)

Defensive backs (2010-12)

Director of player development (2007-09)

What he’s known for: Being aggressive and applying lots of pressure

Why he was a great hire: His way of coaching puts his players at ease. His experience and understanding under Saban made him the only phone call Saban made when replacing Smart. His philosophy of aggressive defense hasn’t seen a fall-off at all from the Smart era. In fact, his rush defense is better than last year’s.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) works with Alabama Associate Head Coach Burton Burns during University of Alabama fall football practice Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. Dusty Compton | The Tuscaloosa News

4. Burton Burns

Running backs (2007-current)

What he’s known for: Producing Alabama’s first two Heisman Trophy winners

Why he was a great hire: Burns can be a harsh taskmaster, but he’s also a sincere person. Those qualities earn loyalty from his players. They play hard for him. His style has produced eight NFL running backs during his time in Tuscaloosa. His running backs get better each season.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban and Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart signal to the players against Arkansas in the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday Oct 19, 2013. Robert Sutton | The Tuscaloosa News

3. Kirby Smart

Defensive coordinator (2008-2015)

Defensive backs (2007)

What he’s known for: Frantically signaling in defenses while being pulled back by Cochran

Why he was a great hire: For nine years, Smart worked alongside Saban, learning the ins and outs and the intricacies of the defense. Part of what made Alabama’s defense so consistently great year-in and year-out was that continuity. Smart’s eight years as defensive coordinator produced superior units every year.

Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran during the fourth quarter of the Cowboys Classic game between Alabama and Michigan at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tx. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Michelle Lepianka Carter | The Tuscaloosa News

2. Scott Cochran

Strength and Conditioning (2007-current)

What he’s known for: Yelling “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”

Why he was a great hire: What makes Alabama’s program consistently great is its recruiting efforts and the development of those players. Cochran is part of the development aspect. He helps make the players bigger and stronger while keeping their functional movement. There’s a reason is one of the highest-paid strength coaches in the country. His results speak for themselves.

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin leaves the feild after the Crimson Tide’s dominating 49-10 win Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. Gary Cosby Jr. | The Tuscaloosa News

1. Lane Kiffin

Offensive coordinator (2014-16)

What he’s known for: Throwing his hands up to signal a touchdown in the middle of a play

Why he was a great hire: During his time as the offensive coordinator, he rewrote the program’s offensive record book. He produced a Heisman Trophy winner (Derrick Henry) and a Heisman Trophy finalist (Amari Cooper).