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LUKE GROTH | Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations

Luke Groth is in his second season as Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations.

Groth came to Buffalo from the University of South Dakota where he served as the Director of Football Operations since 2012. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Coyotes’ football program, including team travel, budget oversight, future scheduling, coordination of team meals and meetings, football event management and social media.

Groth worked with Leipold at Wisconsin-Whitewater as Director of Football Operations and assistant to the Athletic Director from 2010-11. The Warhawks won national titles both years.

Prior to his time at UWW, Groth was a graduate assistant and director of football operations at Minnesota State from 2009-10. He has also served as a football operations intern for the Minnesota Vikings and a ticket sales intern for the Kansas City Chiefs.

A native of Lawton, IA, Groth was a three-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman at South Dakota. He graduated from USD with a degree in business administration in 2008 and earned a master’s degree in sports management from Minnesota State in 2010.

He and his wife, Becky, reside in East Amherst with their son, Kroy.

Matt Gildersleeve | Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football

Matt Gildersleeve enters his first season as head football strength and conditioning coach. Gildersleeve comes from the University of Akron where he spent the past seven seasons. He oversees UB football's strength program as well as the nutrition program and fueling station.

Gildersleeve just concluded his seventh season at Akron, his third season as the director of football strength and conditioning, and his first as the nutrition specialist. He was promoted to director in the spring of 2016 after serving as the head coach of football strength and conditioning for two seasons. He helped lead the Zips to a MAC East Division title in 2017.

Gildersleeve earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Mount Union in 2012.  The Dean's List student was a four-year letterwinner at tight end for the Purple Raiders, helping Mount Union to four Ohio Athletic Conference championships and the 2008 national championship.

A native of Phoenix, AZ, Gildersleeve earned a master's degree in sport science and coaching principles from Akron in 2014. He worked as a graduate assistant with the Zips until he was named the assistant director of football strength and conditioning in January 2014. Gildersleeve was promoted to head coach of football strength and conditioning in May 2014.

Gildersleeve is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is Precision Nutrition Level I certified.

He is married to Ana Martin-Sacristan a former Academic All-MAC long jumper and runner from Akron.

Jimmy Le | Video Coordinator



Brandon Mclean | Assistant Video Coordinator





GRANT MURRAY | Director of HighSchool Relations

Cady Oster | Director of Recruiting Operations





JULIE O'NEILL | Administrative Assistant for Head Football Coach