Lance Leipold agrees to contract extension through 2024

Head football coach has built a consistent winner in UB

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Football head coach Lance Leipold signed a contract extension that could keep him in Buffalo through the 2024 season, UB announced Friday morning.

Leipold currently earns an annual base salary of $465,000 with additional compensation of $150,000 and his salary will remain under the same terms, according to The Buffalo News

Leipold, 55, led the Bulls to their first-ever bowl win this season. Under his command, the Bulls have won 24 games over the last three seasons, the most wins over a three-year span in school history.

“I’d like to thank President Satish Tripathi and [Director of Athletics] Mark Alnutt for this extension for our staff,” Leipold said in a press release. “We greatly appreciate the support of our administration in our pursuit of MAC championships and bowl appearances.”

Leipold became head coach on Dec. 1, 2014. In five seasons at UB, he has amassed a 31-32 record and led the Bulls to two bowl games, including December’s Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl win over Charlotte.

Before he came to UB, Leipold spent eight years as the head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team. He led the Warhawks to a 109-6 record and six Division-III national championships, and became the quickest coach in NCAA history to reach 100 career wins.

Leipold has helped build the Bulls into consistent winners, but in an unorthodox manner. Since taking over the reigns, Leipold has struggled with recruiting, but has done particularly well with player development.

“I’m very appreciative of Lance Leipold’s unwavering commitment and dedication to building a championship caliber football program here at UB,” Alnutt said. “This program has seen outstanding growth and success both on and off the field during his tenure. I’m excited to work with Lance and his staff as we continue this positive trajectory for many years to come.”

Justin Weiss is the senior sports editor and can be reached at justin.weiss@ubspectrum.com

JUSTIN WEISS


Justin Weiss is the senior sports editor for The Spectrum. In his free time, he can be found hiking, playing baseball or doing both at the same time. His words have appeared in Elite Sports New York and the Long Island Herald.