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

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

For just the second time in program history, Buffalo had two wide receivers named to the All-Mid-American Conference team in the same season as Anthony Johnson was named to the first team and K.J. Osborn was named to the third team in 2018. Johnson became just the third player in school history with two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in a career with 1,011 yards in 2018. In his two seasons with the Bulls, Johnson had 25 touchdown catches, third in school history.

In 2017, Johnson who had one of the finest seasons in school history. The junior receiver led the Mid-American Conference in receiving yards with 1,356 and touchdowns with 14, which was also a school record. Johnson, a first-team All-MAC selection, ranked second in the nation in receiving yards per game (113.0) and third in receiving touchdowns (14).   

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 is recognized 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 JUCO prospect 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 In the book “The Second 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 as recruiting coordinator from 1994-96, and wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 1997-2002. The Wildcats played in two bowl games, the 1997 Bowl and the 1998 Holiday Bowl. The 1998 Arizona team finished 12-1, which stands as the best record 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 in Washington, 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.
Scott Fuchs | Offensive Line

Scott Fuchs, a 25-year veteran of college coaching, enters his first season as offensive line coach at the University at Buffalo. Fuchs came to Buffalo after spending the previous five seasons as offensive line coach at Wyoming. Head Coach Lance Leipold and Fuchs also worked on the same staff at Nebraska-Omaha from 2004-06.

While at Wyoming, Fuchs’ coaching highlights included developing All-American center Chase Roullier who went on to start for the Washington Redskins, designing a blocking scheme for running back Brian Hall who rushed for a school-record 4,287 over his career and helping coach an offense that ranked second in the nation in redzone offense in 2017. In 2016, Fuchs helped coach the 2016 Cowboy offense that averaged 35.9 points per game to rank No. 2 in the Mountain West and No. 25 in the nation.

An outstanding offensive lineman himself, Fuchs was named to the 1993 Kodak/American Football Coaches Association first-team All-America squad as a senior offensive guard at North Dakota State.  NDSU won three consecutive North Central Conference rushing titles during his three years as a starter.  He was part of three North Central Conference Championship teams at NDSU in 1990, ‘91 and ‘92.  The 1990 Bison captured the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Fuchs coached the offensive line at North Dakota State, his alma mater, from 2009-13 before being hire at Wyoming. He helped lead the Bison to an astounding 43-2 record and three national titles between 2011 and 2013. In 2012 and 2013, Fuchs coached Consensus First Team All-America offensive tackle Billy Turner.  Turner was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.  All total, Fuchs has coached nine All-Americans and 32 All-Conference performers during his career.  

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Fuchs coached one season at Southern Illinois in 2008.  That team tied for the conference title and advanced to the first round of the FCS Playoffs.  He also coached at Grand Valley State (2007), Nebraska-Omaha (2003-06), Minnesota-Crookston (2000-02), Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1999) and Valley City State (1997-98).  The only school he did not coach the offensive line was his one season at Wisconsin-Eau Claire when he coached the defensive line.  

Fuchs earned his bachelor of science degree from North Dakota State in physical education and social science education in 1995 and his master of education degree with a specialization in physical education and athletic administration in 1997.

Scott and his wife, Emily, have three boys, Hank, Jack and Gus.

ANDY KOTELNICKI | Offensive Coordinator / Running Backs
Andy Kotelnicki is in fifth season as offensive coordinator. He also coaches the running backs after servings as quarterbacks coach his first two seasons.

Buffalo featured a record-breaking offense in 2018. The Bulls shattered the program record for single-season total offense posted 5,803 yards on the year. UB scored 64 offensive touchdowns in 2018 which was also a school record.

Running back Jaret Patterson became the first freshman in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, finishing with 1,013 yards en route to being named the MAC Freshman of the Year.  Patterson scored 14 touchdowns and fellow running back Kevin Marks scored 13 touchdowns, marking the first time in school history two different players scored 13 or more touchdowns in the same season.

Quarterback Tyree Jackson was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year - the first time in school history a Buffalo player won the award. In addition, seven offensive players were named All-MAC in 2018.

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. 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 is in his fifth season as tight ends coach. In three of his four seasons at Buffalo, the Bulls have produced an All-MAC tight end. 

Tyler Mabry was named All-MAC First Team in 2018 after leading all MAC tight ends with 27 catches for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Zac Lefebvre had 10 catches for 84 yards.

Hensell developed young tight ends in 2017 led by sophomore Tyler Mabry who had 24 receptions for 242 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt-freshman Zac Lefebvre had five catches for 51 yards and a touchdown before an injury ended his season.

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. Schreck was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft - becoming the first UB tight end ever drafted.  

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. He was the first tight end in school history to earn first-team All-MAC 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, 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.

JIM ZEBROWSKI | Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

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

Quarterbacks have flourished under the watchful eye of Zebrowski. In 2018, Tyree Jackson became the first player in school history to be named Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the first quarterback in school history to be named All-MAC. He threw for 3,131 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2018 - both were second in school history for a single season.

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 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.

Zebrowski and his wife, Heather, who was named Female Athlete of the Year during her volleyball playing days at Southern Illinois, have two children, Zachary and Lauryn.

RYAN WILSON | Graduate Assistant






ISAAC REED | Graduate Assistant