We had hired a head coach with no previous experience and beyond an ability to recruit slightly better players than the stature of the team might suggest, had no business as a head coach of a division 1 team. We had only recently began offering a full complement of scholarships. We did little to prove we belonged in the mix winning schools.
Jackson recognized the sleeping giant Notre Dame could be and he saw the potential of the players Poulin had recruited. In fact his success was with Poulin recruits for the most part, and even the 2011 FF team had some left. He certainly began building a "program" here, more than just some winning teams. But the lack of further success since moving to the CFIA has the potential to tarnish the legacy he began building.
There are as many good up and coming coaches in hockey as there are in any other sport. It simply is a matter of finding the right fit. Jason Lammers is currently coaching in the USHL and one day will probably be a head coach in the NCAA. He's one I'd be willing to give a try if I was an AD with an opening for a coach.