Andy Kotelnicki is in fourth third season as offensive coordinator. He also coached the running backs after servings as quarterbacks coach his first two seasons.
Buffalo’s offense made significant progress under Kotelnicki in 2017. The Bulls ranked second in the Mid-American in total offense, averaging 432 yards per game. UB's 5,183 yards of total offense were the most in school history for a single season. Due to injuries, Buffalo was forced to start three different quarterbacks throughout the season and the Bulls still led the MAC in passing offense, averaging 291 yards per game.
Other notable numbers from the 2017 season included ranking sixth in the nation in most improved scoring offense; sixth in the nation in most improved passing offense; eighth in the nation in turnovers lost; third in the MAC in points per possession; second in the MAC in fewest 3-and-outs; third in MAC in total offense and first in the MAC in third down conversion percentage.
In his first season coaching running backs, Kotelnicki helped with the development of sophomore Emmanuel Reed who rushed for 840 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season as a starter.
In 2016, the Bulls had three offensive players named All-MAC, including tight end Mason Schreck (2nd team), running back Jordan Johnson (3rd team) and center James O'Hagan (3rd team). Redshirt-freshman quarterback Tyree Jackson threw for 1,772 yards - the most ever by a UB freshman quarterback. Jackson also became the first freshman quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a game (he did it twice).
In 2015, the Bulls averaged 249.5 passing yards and 136.9 rushing yards per game. Also the quarterbacks coach, Kotelnicki oversaw a passing game that had 283 pass completions – the second most in school history for a single season. The Bulls' 23.6 completions per game were the most ever.
Kotelnicki came to UB from Wisconsin-Whitewater where he had spent the previous two seasons as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
At UWW, Kotelnicki led an offense that led the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in scoring offense (40.1), rushing offense (218.2) and passing offense (269.5) in 2014 en route to a perfect 15-0 season and the programs’ sixth Stagg Bowl national championship in eight seasons.
The Warhawks featured one of the most efficient offensive attacks in the nation under Kotelnicki’s leadership in 2013. Whitewater led the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and ranked among the top five in the nation in first downs (311), interceptions allowed (1) and turnover margin (+2.3).
The Warhawks’ offense also led the conference in red zone offense, converting scores on 85.9 percent of drives inside the 20-yard line, and set single-season team records in passes completed (312) and passing touchdowns (42) in 2013.
Prior to Whitewater, Kotelnicki served as offensive coordinator at the University of Mary, an NCAA Division II institution in Bismarck, N.D., for two seasons. In his first year as coordinator, the Marauders scored over 10 points per game more than the previous season and led the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in scoring offense, total offense and passing efficiency. During his tenure, Kotelnicki mentored nine All-NSIC North Division honorees, the sixth 1,000-yard rusher in the school’s history and an All-American wide receiver.
Kotelnicki spent six seasons as an assistant coach at UW-River Falls, including four as offensive coordinator, in 2003 and from 2006-10. The Falcons set 24 offensive school records during his second stint, and he was promoted to assistant head coach for the 2010 campaign.
Kotelnicki worked at Western Illinois University, where he coached tight ends, special teams and the offensive line, from 2004-06. He was also an assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2004-05 and the interim strength and conditioning coach in 2006.
After earning a bachelor’s in exercise and sport science from UW-River Falls in 2004, Kotelnicki picked up a master’s in kinesiology from Western Illinois in 2006. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.
Kotelnicki and his wife, Lindsey, have a son, Max, and daughter, Joy.
ALAN HENSELL | Tight Ends
Alan Hensell is in his third season as tight ends coach. In each of his two seasons with the Bulls, the Bulls have produced an All-MAC tight end
In 2016, Mason Schreck was a second-team All-MAC selection after leading the Bulls with 59 catches for 651 yards. His receiving yard total was the most in school history by a tight end.
In 2015, Hensell coached Matt Weiser who had arguably the best season by a tight end in school history. Weiser set the school record for receptions by a tight end with 63 en route to earning All-MAC First Team honors. Weiser also became the first player in UB’s FBS era to be named an Academic All-American.
Hensell came to UB after spending the previous two seasons with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team as its wide receivers coach.
In 2014 as wide receivers coach at UWW, Hensell helped lead the Warhawks to the top passing offense ranking in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). Four of his wide receivers earn All-WIAC honors, including two that were named to the first team. Jake Kumerow was named the Division III Player of the Year.
The Warhawks went a perfect 15-0 in 2014 and won the Stagg Bowl for the sixth time in eight years.
In 2013, two wide receivers earned All-WIAC accolades, including first team honoree Kumerow. A second team All-West Region selection by d3football.com, Kumerow set school records for receiving yards (1,331) and receiving touchdowns (19) in one season. The team's strong receiving corps helped the Warhawks post a 15-0 record and a national championship.
Hensell came to UWW from D1-AA (FCS) member Gardner-Webb (N.C.) University, where he was the offensive line coach. During the 2012 season, he helped produce three All-Big South Conference selections, including left guard Jamie Dunaway, who received third team All–America honors. A total of four players have garnered All–America honors while being tutored by Hensell.
A New Carlisle, IN, native, Hensell spent time at the University of Connecticut as an offensive quality control coach in February 2012 before joining the Gardner-Webb staff.
Hensell spent the previous five seasons in the Southeastern Conference, including the 2011 season as assistant offensive line coach and offensive graduate assistant at Ole Miss. He worked with the Rebels' offensive line and tight ends in 2011, helping mentor right tackle Bobby Massie, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
In 2010, Hensell served as assistant offensive line coach and offensive intern at the University of Tennessee, where he had the opportunity to coach center James Stone, who earned freshman All-America honors for the Vols. Tennessee was selected to play in the Music City Bowl following the regular season.
Hensell worked his first stint at Ole Miss from 2007-09, working as assistant offensive line coach in 2008 and 2009. The Rebels were 9-4 in each of those seasons, finishing the seasons with AP ranks of Nos. 14 and 20, respectively, and won a pair of Cotton Bowls. In 2008, Ole Miss averaged 407.6 yards of total offense per game and 186.5 yards per game on the ground. Left tackle Michael Oher earned first-team All-America honors and was taken in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. In 2009, the Rebels averaged 402.4 yards per game of total offense, including 183.6 on the ground. Standout offensive lineman John Jerry earned first-team All-America honors that season and was picked in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
Hensell began his college coaching career at his alma mater, coaching outside linebackers at Franklin (IN) College in 2004. Hensell also served as a student assistant baseball coach during his time at Franklin, helping the team to a 29-15 record, a Heartland Conference championship and a No. 24 national ranking in 2005.
Following his time on staff at Franklin, Hensell moved on to coach quarterbacks at UW-River Falls in 2005 and 2006. He helped tutor Jeremy Wolff, one of only three signal callers in Division III selected to play in the Aztec Bowl, to All-WIAC honors in 2006.
Hensell started his career in coaching in 2003 at Decatur Central (Ind.) High, coaching quarterbacks following a career-ending injury on the college gridiron.
As a student-athlete, Hensell played two sports at Franklin as a freshman, lining up at running back and receiver, and pitching for the Grizzlies' baseball team. He helped the baseball squad to a 32-10 record, a Heartland Conference title and a No. 30 national ranking as a freshman in 2002. He came to Franklin from New Prairie (Ind.) High School, where he was a three-sport standout in football, basketball and baseball, earning 10 letters throughout his prep career.
Hensell graduated from Franklin in 2005 with a B.A. in physical education (K-12) and a minor in health education. He earned a master's degree in science and education from Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2015.
DARYL AGPALSA | Offensive Line
Daryl Agpalsa is in his fourth season as offensive line coach.
The offensive line blocked for a unit that passed for a school-record 3,490 yards in 2017. The Bulls allowed only 16 sacks on the year, which ranked second in the Mid-American Conference. Center James O’Hagan was named All-MAC Third Team for the second straight season and it marked the third straight season a UB offensive lineman was named All-MAC.
In 2016, Agpalsa's offensive line paved the way for Jordan Johnson's 1,000-yard season, including his school-record 282-yard performance against Akron. Center James O'Hagan was named All-MAC Third Team, becoming just the second center in program history named All-MAC.
In 2015, the Bulls averaged 249.5 passing yards and 136.9 rushing yards per game. UB allowed only 16 sacks on the year – the fourth fewest in the Mid-American Conference. Left tackle John Kling was named to the All-MAC Second Team.
Agpalsa joined the UB staff in 2014 after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team. He worked with the offensive line, specifically in coordinating the run game and protections.
UW-Whitewater finished the 2014 season 15-0 and won the Stagg Bowl national championship for the sixth time in eight seasons. The Warhawks led the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in scoring offfense (40.1), rushing offense (218.2) and passing offense (269.5).
In 2013, under Agpalsa’s leadership, the offensive line blocked for the WIAC’s No. 2 rushing offense and the league’s No. 3 passing attack. The Warhawks averaged 166.7 yards per game on the ground and 231.1 yards per contest through the air, and set program records in completions and touchdown passes.
Prior to Whitewater, Agpalsa served as a graduate assistant coach for the offensive line at the University of Minnesota for three seasons. He mentored a pair of All-Big Ten offensive lineman and worked under head coaches Tim Brewster and Jerry Kill during his time.
Agpalsa also coached at Hamline (Minn.) University from April 2007-February 2010, and Linfield (Ore.) College from August 2003-March 2007. He helped produce four all-conference offensive linemen during his time at Hamline, and 10 all-conference linemen, including two All-Americans, at Linfield, which won three straight league titles (2003, 2004, 2005) and the 2004 NCAA Division III championship.
As a former student-athlete at Linfield, Agpalsa was a two-year captain and three-year All-Northwest Conference selection, and a first team All-America honoree in 2002, as an offensive lineman. The four-year starter helped lead the Wildcats to NWC championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
A native of Waipahu, Hawaii, Agpalsa graduated from Linfield in 2002 with a bachelor’s in business. He earned his master’s in education (applied kinesiology and sport management) from Minnesota in 2012.
Agpalsa and his wife, Ali, have a daughter, Addison.
JIM ZEBROWSKI | Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Jim Zebrowksi, a coaching veteran in the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference, begins his second season as quarterbacks and will also serve as co-offensive coordinator beginning in 2018. Zebrowksi brought 25 years of coaching experience to Buffalo, including five successful seasons at Minnesota.
Zebrowski made an immediate impact in his first season with the Bulls in 2017. Despite, an injury-riddled season that saw the Bulls have to start three different quarterbacks, Buffalo still led the MAC and set a school record with 3,490 passing yards on the year. Tyree Jackson threw for 2,096 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games on the season, including three 300+ yard games. Backup Drew Anderson started against Western Michigan and threw for a school- and conference-record 597 yards and seven touchdowns.
Zebrowski was the quarterbacks coach at Minnesota from 2011-15 and helped lead the Gophers to three straight bowl games. He is well known for developing young quarterbacks. Minnesota signal-caller Mitch Leidner advanced from running the scout team to accounting for 2,250 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2014. Leidner had 10 rushing touchdowns, tying the school record for a quarterback.
He helped lead the Gophers to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in 2012, the Texas Bowl in 2013 and the Citrus Bowl in 2014. He likely would have stayed at Minnesota. However, head coach Jerry Kill stepped down for health reasons in 2015, resulting in changes to the coaching staff.
Prior to coaching at Minnesota, Zebrowksi was the quarterbacks coach at Northern Illinois in 2010. He tutored All-MAC quarterback Chandler Harnish, an NFL draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts. He also laid the foundation for Harnish's backup Jordan Lynch who was an All-American and a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2013. Featuring a high-powered offense that averaged over 35 points per game, Zebrowski helped lead the Huskies to the 2010 MAC Championship game and a win over Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl.
This is the second time Zebrowski will serve under Leipold. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2007-09. Over his tenure, the Warhawks went 42-3 and advanced to the Division III title game every year, winning it twice. Zebrowksi was named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year and the FootballScoop.com Division III Coordinator of the Year in 2009.
In 2004, he became the head coach at Lakeland University and led the Muskies to a 28-12 record over four seasons. He led Lakeland to a pair of Illini-Badger Conference championships and advanced to the Division III playoffs for the first time in school history.