BUFFALO, NY – 2018 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year Lance Leipold has agreed to a new five-year contract with the University at Buffalo, Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt announced on Tuesday. Leipold's new contract runs through the 2023 season.
"I'd like to first thank President Satish Tripathi and Mark Alnutt for this extension for our staff," Leipold said. "We appreciate the confidence they have put in us. Since our arrival, it has been our goal to build a consistent program. While 2018 was an exciting season, we want to continue to grow and build upon it."
Leipold led the Bulls to a school-record 10 wins in 2018. Buffalo had a program-best 7-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play, won the MAC East Division and appeared in the MAC Championship game for just the second time in school history. Among the Bulls non-conference victories in 2018, included a 42-13 win at Rutgers, for the school's first-ever win over a Power 5 opponent. Buffalo played in the 2018 Dollar General Bowl - just its third bowl berth in program history.
Leipold just completed his fourth season at the helm of the UB football program. With 23 wins, he already ranks fourth in school history in coaching victories at Buffalo. He has more wins at the FBS level than any coach in program history. He led the Bulls to six wins in 2017 and 10 in 2018, marking the first time in over 30 years a UB football team won six or more games in consecutive seasons. In fact, Leipold and his staff have produced three of Buffalo's eight 5+ win seasons in 20 years as a FBS program.
Under his leadership, quarterback Tyree Jackson was the first Buffalo player to be named MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 and running back Jaret Patterson was just the second UB player to be named MAC Freshman of the Year. The Bulls had a program-best 10 players named All-MAC in 2018. In addition, Buffalo had a school-record 11 players named Academic All-MAC in 2017.
"As I evaluated our football program, it was easy to point out that 2018 was a historic season for UB," Alnutt said. "More importantly, last season's success was due to building a successful program driven by the commitment, dedication and vision of Coach Leipold and his staff. I look forward to our program continuing to follow Coach Leipold's blueprint to be able to achieve sustained success and be highly competitive in the Mid-American Conference. The future is very bright for our program under his leadership and with this stability. I look forward to working with Coach Leipold for a long time."
Leipold became just the second coach in school history to be named MAC Coach of the Year, winning the award in 2018. He was also a semifinalist for the 2018 George Munger College Coach of the Year Award, presented yearly by the Maxwell Football Club.
"Kelly and I have felt extremely welcomed in Western New York and it has surpassed every expectation of what we were told living here would be," Leipold added. "Our entire family is excited to continue to call this home."