The University at Buffalo has picked the winningest Division III coach in the country to be its new head football coach.
UB will introduce Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Lance Leipold, as its head coach at a news conference today, sources told The News late Sunday. Sports Illustrated was the first to post a story on the hire.
Leipold, 50, has coached Wisconsin-Whitewater to the NCAA Division III championship five of the last seven years. His team is unbeaten and in the quarterfinals this year.
Leipold’s record over eight seasons is an amazing 106-6. He reached 100 wins in 106 games, the fastest of any coach in NCAA history. He is known as a progressive, offensive-minded coach. He's a six-time coach of the year at the D3 level.
The hiring comes just three days after UB closed its season with a 41-21 victory over the University of Massachusetts.
UB finished its season 5-6. Head coach Jeff Quinn was fired on Oct. 13 after the Bulls started the season 3-4. Quinn compiled a record of 20-36 over four and a half seasons. This year’s record was a disappointment, even though UB graduated its best player ever (Khalil Mack) and its best running back ever (Bo Oliver). UB set up a relatively easy schedule and school officials believed the team should have been bowl eligible.
Ultimately, Quinn’s inability to recruit well enough to win more games cost him his job. UB interim head coach Alex Wood, the offensive coordinator under Quinn, was interviewed for the job. Wood, 59, coached UB to a 2-2 record and directed an offense that set a school record this year for points per game (32.2). Wood has an outstanding resume over a 37-year coaching career. Rarely, however, does a school hire the first lieutenant of the head coach who got fired. That likely was the biggest strike against Wood’s candidacy.