Fuchs Hired As Offensive Line Coach; Other Coaching Assignment Changes Announced

Fuchs Hired As Offensive Line Coach; Other Coaching Assignment Changes Announced

BUFFALO, NY – Scott Fuchs, a 25-year veteran of college coaching, has been hired as offensive line coach at the University at Buffalo, head coach Lance Leipold announced on Friday. Fuchs comes to Buffalo after spending the previous five seasons as offensive line coach at Wyoming. 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.  

Elsewhere, Jeff Burrow has been promoted to safeties coach after spending last season as the Bulls' director of player personnel. Prior to arriving at UB in 2018, Burrow served as Kent State's safeties coach from 2011-17 and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2017. He was part of the Golden Flashes' 2012 MAC East title run and the program's first bowl appearance in 40 years. In each of Burrow's first five seasons, a Kent State safety earned All-MAC honors, including two-time first-team All-MAC pick Nate Holley.

In his time at Kent State, he coached a number of Academic All-MAC players, including Jordan Italiano who became the first football player in Kent State's history to be a three-time Academic All-American. In 2015, he was the nation's only position coach to have two Academic All-Americans.

Prior to Kent State, Burrow had coaching stints at Indiana State, Marshall and Jacksonville State. He was the defensive graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 2005-06. He also served as the defensive graduate assistant at Minnesota in 2003 and 2004.

Burrow was a four-year starter at cornerback at the University of Cincinnati from 1995-99. Following his collegiate career, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and played one season with the team.

Leipold also announced that Brian Borland will move from coaching safeties to coaching cornerbacks. Taiwo Onatolu will now coach defensive ends and special teams after coaching cornerbacks over the last three seasons. Chris Simpson has added defensive run game coordinator to his duties as linebackers coach.

Fresh off a 10-4 campaign and Dollar General Bowl berth in 2018, the Bulls will begin spring practice on March 3.