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OFFENSIVE COACHES


ROB IANELLO | Assoc. Head Coach/Recruiting Coord./Wide Receivers

Rob Ianello is in his third season as associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Buffalo’s receivers flourished under Ianello in 2015. For the first time as an FBS program (since 1999) the Bulls had three players with 50 or more catches in a season. Matt Weiser had 63; Ron Willoughby had 61 and Marcus McGill had 50.

Ianello brought over 25 years of experience to UB and isrecognized as one of the best recruiters in college football. He most recently spent three seasons on the Kansas football staff where he was the recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Ianello was instrumental in helping bring the 25th-rated signing class to Kansas in 2013 according to The Sporting News. The Jayhawk class had two four-star prospects, including the top-rated JUCOprospect in the nation in defensive lineman Marquel Combs.

No stranger to the Mid-American Conference, Ianello served as head coach at Akron for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Prior to his stint at Akron, Ianello was a member of the coaching staff at Notre Dame from 2005-09. He coached the Irish in the 2008 Hawai'i Bowl, 2007 Sugar Bowl and 2006 Fiesta Bowl.

From 2005-08 at Notre Dame, he served as wide receivers coach and coordinated the recruiting efforts of the Irish. In January 2009,he was promoted to assistant head coach for offense. In that role, he led offensive staff meetings when head coach Charlie Weis was not present, and later served as the team's interim head coach.

Notre Dame's 2009 offense ranked sixth nationally in passing offense (323.50 ypg) and ninth in total offense (451.75 ypg). Ianello mentored Irish wide receiver Golden Tate, who was the 2009 Biletnikoff Award winner and a consensus All-American. Additionally, he coached Jeff Samardzija, who was a Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2005 and 2006 and earned All-America honors in 2006.

As the recruiting coordinator for the Irish, he directed three consecutive top-10 recruiting classes from 2006-08, something only three other schools (USC, Florida and Georgia) could claim. Additionally, Ianello is the only coach named one of the 25-best recruiters nationally from 2005-09 by Rivals.com. In the book "TheSecond Season" by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, Ianello is name done of the top-10 recruiters of the last 30 years.

Ianello had two coaching stints at Wisconsin (1990-93, 2003-04), and was part of a staff that helped lead the Badgers to the 1994 Rose Bowl, the 2003 Music City Bowl and the 2005 Outback Bowl.

From 1994-2002, Ianello was on staff at Arizona, serving asrecruiting coordinator from 1994-96, and wide receivers coach andrecruiting coordinator from 1997-2002. The Wildcats played in twobowl games, the 1997 Insight.com Bowl and the 1998 Holiday Bowl. The 1998 Arizona team finished 12-1, which stands as the bestrecord in school history.

Ianello served on the board of trustees of the American Football Coaches Association in from 2003 to 2009. The board formulates policy and provides direction for the AFCA. He also has served as the chair of the AFCA's assistant coaches' committee and the general chairman of the AFCA's all-division assistant coaches' committee. He also served on the AFCA ethics committee in 2010 and 2011.

Born Nov. 4, 1965, Ianello is a native of Port Chester, N.Y., and is a 1987 graduate of The Catholic University of America inWashington, D.C., owning a bachelor's degree in English.

Ianello and his wife, the former Denise Dove, have one son, Zachary, and two daughters, Ashley and Courtney. Denise played collegiate basketball at Northern Illinois and is a former assistant women's basketball coach at Arizona and Wisconsin. She has also worked as a scout in the WNBA.
 
ANDY KOTELNICKI | Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs
Andy Kotelnicki is in his third season as offensive coordinator. He will coach the running backs in 2017 after servings as quarterbacks coach his first two seasons.

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 third season as offensive line coach.

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 | Quarterbacks


Jim Zebrowksi, a coaching veteran in the Big Ten and the Mid-American Conference, begins his first season as quarterbacks. Zebrowksi brings 25 years of coaching experience to Buffalo, including five successful seasons at Minnesota.

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.
 
REECE PETTY | Graduate Assistant