UB extends football head coach Leipold

Lance Leipold helped lead the Bulls to a MAC East title in 2018

Brayton Wilson
February 05, 2019 - 11:46 am

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports

After one of the best seasons in program history, the University at Buffalo announced on Tuesday that it has signed football head coach Lance Leipold to a five-year contract extension through the 2023 season.

Leipold helped lead the Bulls to a school-record 10 wins in the 2018 season, and also a 7-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. That was good enough to earn the Bulls a MAC East Division title and an appearance in the MAC Championship game against Northern Illinois.

The Bulls also earned a bowl bid, appearing in the 2018 Dollar General Bowl against Troy University.

The results of the 2018 season earned Leipold the honor as the MAC Coach of the Year in his fourth season with the Bulls. In his four seasons at Buffalo, Leipold has led the program to a 23-27 record, and a 16-10 record over the past two seasons.

"I'd like to first thank President Satish Tripathi and Mark Alnutt for this extension for our staff," said Leipold in a statement on the team's website. "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."

While the complete 2019 schedule has yet to be released, the Bulls know that they will start the season with non-conference games at home against Robert Morris on August 31, on the road at Penn State on September 7, at Liberty on September 14, and back home against Temple on September 21.

Conference play will start soon after with the Bulls hosting Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Ohio and Toledo this season. On the flip side, UB will take to the road and travel to Akron, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Miami (OH).

Those games have yet to been scheduled.

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