LANCE LEIPOLD | Head Coach
Lance Leipold is in his third season as head coach of the Buffalo football team.
In 2016, Leipold led a very young squad, featuring 42 new players. The Bulls were the fourth most inexperienced team in the nation. Buffalo earned impressive wins over Army (a bowl team) and Akron. Buffalo had four players named to the All-MAC team.
In 2015, his first with the Bulls, Leipold led UB to a 5-7 mark. He became the first UB head coach to win five games in his first season since Bob Deming went 6-3 in 1969.
Included in the Bulls five wins was a victory at Florida Atlantic - Buffalo's first non-conference road win since the 2009 season.The Bulls won three road games in 2015 - the most in UB's FBS era (since 1999).
The Bulls had five players named to the All-MAC football team in 2015, led by tight end Matt Weiser who was also named an Academic All-American – becoming the first UB football player in the modern era to earn the distinction.
Leipold was named the 25th head coach in the history of the Buffalo football program on December 1, 2014.
Leipold came to UB from Wisconsin-Whitewater where he compiled an astounding 109-6 record and won six Division III National Championships over his eight seasons. A six-time National Coach of the Year, Leipold reached 100 career victories faster than any other coach in NCAA history – at any level.
Leipold has gathered multiple honors from as many as five football-related organizations. He earned his sixth American Football Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year award in 2014. He has won the award more times than any active coach at any level. He passed the late Joe Paterno, who was a five-time recipient of the award.
In his first season as head coach at Whitewater, The Warhawks went 14-1 and won the national title. He led the Warhawks back to the national championship game in 2008, but they lost to Mount Union, 31-26. Wisconsin-Whitewater went 15-0, winning the national championship in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and won 46 straight games over that span. Following a 7-3 season in 2012, UWW went a perfect 15-0 and won the national championship in 2013 and followed with another perfect 15-0 season and a national title in 2014.
In Division III, where athletic scholarships aren't a part of the game, Leipold was able to recruit top-notch talent to the campus in southeastern Wisconsin. During his tenure, running back Justin Beaver earned the Gagliardi Trophy as the top player in Division III. Brent Allen earned the Division III Rimington Award as the top center. Jeff Schebler was the first recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award, given to the top placekicker in Division II or III. Tailback Levell Coppage earned D3football.com Offensive Player of the Year accolades, and Cole Klotz was selected D3football.com Defensive Player of the Year. Defensive back Jared Kiesow was named an NCAA Elite 88 Award winner. The Warhawks have piled up 56 All-America honors under Leipold's tutelage.
A native of Jefferson, WI, Leipold began his coaching career at Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1987 as a quarterbacks coach and then wide receivers coach. He moved to the University of Wisconsin from 1991-93 as a graduate assistant and helped the Badgers to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance in 1993.
As an assistant coach at Division II Nebraska-Omaha from 1994-2000, Leipold helped turn the Mavericks from a 1-10 team in 1994 into three-time North Central Conference champions during his tenure. After being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2000, he moved on to the University of Nebraska, where he served for three seasons under current Ohio head coach Frank Solich. He was on the same staff as former UB head coach Turner Gill. The Cornhuskers competed in the national championship game in 2001 and earned bowl bids in 2002 and 2003.
He returned to Nebraska-Omaha to serve as associate head coach and offensive coordinator from 2004-06. The Mavericks finished 8-3 and won the conference championship each of his three seasons.
Leipold is a 1987 graduate of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he was a standout quarterback for the Warhawks. He ranks second in school history in career pass attempts (647), fourth in yards (4,277), sixth in completions (303) and tied for 10th with 27 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Whitewater Hall of Fame in 2003.
Leipold and his wife, Kelly, have a daughter, Lindsey, and a son, Landon.