Julian Nagelsmann's astonishing success with Hoffenheim has opened the eyes of clubs to new possibilities when it comes to appointing a first-team coach.
The Sinsheim club exceeded all expectations last term as they secured a fourth-place Bundesliga finish, forcing many of their top-flight rivals to sit up and take notice.
In June, Schalke appointed none other than the man who outshone Nagelsmann at the DFB's Cologne-based coaching academy in 2013, Domenico Tedesco. The Rossano-born tactician is not the only young coach in Germany’s top flight looking to follow in Nagelsmann’s footsteps this season, however.
Watch: Top-of-the-class Tedesco and Nagelsmann are leading the new wave of Bundesliga coaches
bundesliga.com has the lowdown on Nagelsmann, Tedesco and four of their colleagues who are leading the Bundesliga’s youthful coaching revolution…
Julian Nagelsmann - Hoffenheim, 30
The youngest boss ever appointed to a permanent position at the head of a Bundesliga club at the age of 28 when he replaced Huub Stevens in February 2016, Nagelsmann has quite brilliantly made the step up from youth football to the senior game.
Having masterfully calmed fears of relegation in his first few months, Nagelsmann then oversaw the best season in Hoffenheim’s young history, guiding his side to fourth place in 2016/17, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever.
Although Liverpool denied them a group-stage berth, and their ensuing UEFA Europa League campaign ended at the group stage, we haven't seen the last of Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim on the continental stage.
Domenico Tedesco - Schalke, 32
He may have finished top of the class four years ago, but Tedesco had precious little experience of senior football when he was appointed this summer, after 11 matches in charge of Erzgebirge Aue. That is 11 more than Nagelsmann had when he was appointed Hoffenheim boss, though, and it was all it took for Tedesco to mastermind a successful Bundesliga 2 survival bid.
"If I have to choose between winning 4-3 and 1-0, I'd take 4-0," Tedesco joked, giving an insight into his humour and his football philosophy, which has taken the Bundesliga storm.
Watch: Tedesco's tactical masterclass
The tactical wizardry outfoxed last season's runners-up RB Leipzig on the opening day and was laid bare for all to see as Schalke famously recovered from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with arch rivals Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 13. The top-four dream is alive and well in Gelsenkirchen...
Manuel Baum - Augsburg, 38
Bavarian-born like Nagelsmann, Baum's whole career as a modest player and now as an emerging coach has all been within easy reach of his hometown, Landshut. A former teacher who merely planned on taking a three-year break from the classroom when he was appointed Augsburg's youth academy head coach in 2014, Baum's approach is one honed in front of his pupils.
"He wants to keep control, hold the reins and see his thing through," Julian Hummels, brother of Mats, and a former player of Baum's at Unterhaching, his only major coaching post before taking charge at the WWK Arena. "He doesn't tend to leave his players a lot of autonomy." Initially assistant coach under Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich, Baum then embarked on an unusual co-coach set-up with Claus Schromm before assuming sole control.
After taking over from Dirk Schuster and keeping the club in the top flight, Baum has started like a train at Augsburg in 2017/18. With the club's rigorous pressing style and young talents thriving, the fans are dreaming of another single-digit finish.
Hannes Wolf - Stuttgart, 36
Ever since gaining promotion to the Bundesliga with a youthful side in 1977, Stuttgart have had a reputation for giving young players a chance. They did so again - and were rewarded with the Meisterschale - in 2007. Those results came on the pitch, so Wolf's appointment in September 2016 at the head of a big club still smarting from relegation marked a significant strategic shift.
An unremarkable striker in an unimpressive playing career, Wolf's greater ability to shine with his boots off was spotted by Borussia Dortmund where he won back-to-back national titles with the BVB Under-17 side. "We're firmly convinced Hannes Wolf really suits VfB Stuttgart as a football expert and as a person," said the club's sporting director, Jan Schindelmeiser, after Wolf's appointment. Promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking in 2016/17 has proven him right.
Sandro Schwarz Mainz, 39
Mainz have done this before: Jürgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Martin Schmidt … all three were successful with the 05ers' first team after coming through the club, Klopp as a player, the other two as coaches. Schwarz has even succeeded Schmidt before, stepping into the reserve team role vacated by his predecessor in February 2015.
"He is exactly the right coach for our team and our club," said sporting director Rouven Schröder as Schwarz was appointed shortly after Schmidt had secured Bundesliga football for the 2017/18 campaign. "The aggressive, courageous way his team's play is deeply rooted in the club's philosophy."
In addition to being steeped in 'the Mainz way', Schwarz has worked as an assistant coach to Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski at Leverkusen, Andre Schubert at Paderborn and Michael Frontzeck at Hannover, adding practical experience to reinforce his philosophy.
Florian Kohfeldt - Werder Bremen, 35
The 35-year-old was Viktor Skripnik's assistant in 2014/15 and previously coached the Werder U-23s.
At the second time of asking, he brought an end to Bremen's club-record run of 14 matches without a win, and has been given at least until the winter break to work his magic on a Werder side fighting for their Bundesliga lives.
Watch: Bremen recorded their first win of the season on Matchday 12