Tad Boyle Bio
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Head Coach Men's Basketball
On April 19th 2010 Tad Boyle was announced as the 18th head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes Replacing Jeff Bzdelik who had departed to take the Wake Forrest head coaching job. Coach Boyle is a native of Greely Colorado where he starred for Greeley Central High School where he was named both Colorado player of the Year and a Converse All-American in his senior season. That success and subsequent notoriety result in Tad being offered and accepting a scholarship offer to the University of Kansas. It was at KU that Coach Boyle made the connections that eventually lead him into coaching at the college level with Oregon in 1995.
As noted above Coach Boyle was born and raised here in Colorado and was a star prep athlete in Greeley. After parlaying his stellar senior season into a scholarship and career in at KU Coach Boyle returned to Colorado coaching at a number of local high school program and settling down with the former Ann Schell of Greeley Colorado. The Boyle's have three children; two sons, Jack and Pete, and a daughter, Claire.
Tad Boyle the Player:
Greeley Central - Colorado Player of the year 1981, Converse All-American
KU - Two time NCAA tournament team, Big-8 title winner, Team Captain.
After Tad Boyle's playing Career came to en end with KU he almost immediately went into coaching at the high school levels here at home in Colorado. Coach Boyle moved through a number of programs early in his coaching career before settling (relatively) in with Longmont High school for three seasons. This stint came to an end when coach Boyle left Colorado to join one of his old teammates Mark Turgeon on Jerry Green's Oregon Staff in 1995. During his three years on Coach Green's staff Tad and the Ducks saw the post season twice, once in the NCAA tournament and then with the NIT in 1997. After that season Coach green left for Tennessee and took Tad Boyle with him as his director of basketball operations. From Tennessee Coach Boyle reconnected with Turgeon the following year, this time as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State. The Jacksonville St stop was not a long one as both Coach Boyle and Coach Turgeon soon jumped to Wichita State leading to one of the greatest run's in the Shocker's history, culminating in a sweet-16 run in 2005-2006. Not Surprisingly Coaches Boyle and Turgeon became hot names after the run at Wichita State and both shortly left for greener pastures. Never one to shy away form a challenge Coach Boyle took the Northern Colorado Job at a time when they were a bad team and were making the transition to Division 1. Despite a rough first season in Greeley the turn around soon came. Last season Northern Colorado was arguably the best team in the state of Colorado and finished with 25 wins.
After some early skepticism from fans about "another" I-25 hire all Tad did was: show up, coach his brains out, win 24 games (a CU record), Make it to the Final 4 of the NIT, and put two CU buffaloes in the draft for the first time ever in one season. Suffice to say year one in Buffalo country went well for Coach Boyle.
Headed into the season the pundits had to a man picked CU to finish in the bottom 1/4th of their new conference. In the eyes of those "in the know" the Buffs had lost too much: we graduated all but 1 of the top 5 scorers from the previous season accounting for some 85% of our total offense, most of our minutes played, and the first lottery pick from CU since Chauncey Billups. Were coming back very young with a relatively unheralded incoming class and best player who's biggest strength was rebounding. Once again though Tad worked his magic, having arguably the best season in Colorado basketball history. Boyle again won 24 games, but this time he added: a Pac-12 Conference Championship, an NCAA Tournament birth, the first NCAA tourney win since 1997, and a top-25 recruiting class to our haul for the season. #RollTad
Another piece of masterful work by Coach Boyle. Faced with replacing 3 senior leaders the team was looking at a NIT level expectations with many pundits forecasting a 17-19 win season. Yet again the team exceeded expectations winning 20 games for the third year in a row, and making the NCAA tournament in back-to-back years for the first time in half a century. Recruiting again flourished with Tad signing 3 consensus top-150 players and threatening to put the 3rd buff in 3 years into the NCAA.
University of Northern Colorado Bio