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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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