What a first season it was for Florida coach Jim McElwain.

He accomplished something neither Steve Spurrier nor Urban Meyer could. He finished 10-4 in 2015 to become the first Gators coach to win 10 games in his first season in Gainesville.

Florida lost its final three games, but it did win the SEC East. So while we ponder what McElwain and the Gators can do for an encore, let’s take a look at how successful SEC coaches – past and present – have done in their second seasons in the conference.

Nick Saban

Alabama’s head coach has had a track record of success in his two SEC coaching stints. In 2000, his first season at LSU, the Tigers capped an 8-4 season with a Peach Bowl victory. The following year, LSU finished 10-3 with a Sugar Bowl win.

Saban took over the Crimson Tide in 2007, when Bama went 7-6, a record that was adjusted to 2-6 by the NCAA after the school was forced to vacate five wins for its role in a textbook scandal, which ESPN.com reported on in 2009.

Saban and Alabama bounced back in a big way in 2008, starting 12-0 and winning the SEC West before falling to Florida in the SEC Championship Game. The Tide then lost to Utah in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12-2.

Steve Spurrier

Like Saban, the “Head Ball Coach” has had two SEC coaching stints. In 1990, his first year as Gators coach, Spurrier led Florida to a 9-2 mark.  Florida was even better the next year, going 10-2 after losing to Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

Spurrier’s initial two seasons in Columbia weren’t nearly as successful. The Gamecocks went 7-5 in 2005, ending the year with a 38-31 loss to Missouri in the Independence Bowl. South Carolina following that up by going 8-5 in ’06, including a 44-36 win over Houston in the Liberty Bowl.

Urban Meyer

He had a very good first year in Gainesville, leading the Gators to a 31-24 victory over Iowa in the Outback Bowl and a 9-3 mark. But did he ever top that in 2006, when Florida routed Ohio State 41-14 to win the BCS National Championship and finish 13-1.

Les Miles

The Mad Hatter was the epitome of consistency over his first two years at LSU. The Tigers capped their 2005 season with a 40-3 mauling of Miami in the Peach Bowl to finish 11-2, and then matched that record the following year with a 41-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

Here’s a look at how a few SEC coaching legends fared from years one to two:

Robert Neyland

His Volunteers followed up and 8-1 season in 1926 by going 8-0-1 the following year.

Wallace Wade

His Crimson Tide squad went 7-2-1 in 1923, 8-1 the next.

Frank Thomas

He went 9-1 in his first year with Alabama in 1931, 8-2 the next.

Bear Bryant

He had three separate stints at what are now considered SEC schools. He went 7-3 with Kentucky in 1946 and 8-3 the following year. His 1954 Texas A&M team finished 1-9 but had quite the turnaround, going 7-2-1 campaign the next season. He finally got to Alabama in 1958 and went 5-4-1 that season before going 7-2-2 the next year.

Phillip Fulmer

He went 9-2-1 in 1993, his first full season at Tennessee, which was later adjusted to 10-2 by the NCAA. The following year, his Vols fell to 8-4 but won the Gator Bowl.

Vince Dooley

In his first year at Georgia in 1964, the Bulldogs finished 7-3-1, including a 7-0 win against Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl. Dooley went 6-4 the following season.

Source: Sports-Reference.com