University at Buffalo football coach Lance Leipold has agreed to a contract extension that will run through the 2024 season.
UB announced the extension Friday morning for Leipold, who led the Bulls to their first bowl win in program history, a 31-9 win against Charlotte in the Bahamas Bowl in December. With an extra year added to his contract, Leipold now turns his vision towards the next steps for the program.
"When I interviewed for this job (in 2014) I told Danny White at that time that I’d like to build a program very similar to what Ohio’s done, and If I had that type of longevity, I’d be very pleased with that," Leipold told the News on Friday. "I think we’re on that path. We’ve made improvements on the field, in record, we’ve made improvements in facilities but we’re nowhere near where we need to be. The field house has been great. The fueling station has been big. Our meeting rooms are important, but we still have improvements needed. Weight room, our locker room, other things like that. Those are all important, as far as being on the same page, administratively.
"Everything appears we can stay on that track with Mark (Alnutt) as athletic director. This will be the first time I’ll work with an athletic director for three seasons, and now you get a chance to work together on some things, and I think those things continue to come together."
The Bulls went 8-5 this season, finished in a tie for third in the MAC East Division and became bowl-eligible for the third consecutive season. Leipold is 31-32 in five seasons at UB, and his 31 wins are the fourth-highest of any UB football coach, according to program records. UB also has 24 wins and played in two bowl games in the last three seasons under Leipold.
"I'm very appreciative of Lance Leipold's unwavering commitment and dedication to building a championship caliber football program here at UB," Alnutt said in statement released by the UB athletic department. "This program has seen outstanding growth and success both on and off the field during his tenure. I'm excited to work with Lance and his staff as we continue this positive trajectory for many years to come."
A UB athletic department spokesperson told The News that Leipold's extension will remain under the same terms, with minor changes to the bonus structure. Under the terms of Leipold's current contract, obtained by The News through a Freedom of Information Law request, he earns an annual base salary of $465,000 and additional compensation of $150,000, and bonuses ranging from $5,000 (annual APR rate) to $100,000 (participation in the College Football Playoff).
The extension for Leipold comes a little more than a year after UB announced that it had extended Leipold's previous contract, which ran through December 2023.