Boulder, Colo. Northern Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle, who played for both Ted Owens and Larry Brown at Kansas University, has been named new head hoops coach at Colorado.
Boyle, 47, who led UNC to a school-record 25 wins last season, replaces Jeff Bzdelik, who left for Wake Forest last week.
“I am happy for Tad and his family,” said KU assistant coach Danny Manning, who was a teammate of Boyle at KU. “Colorado made a great hire. Last year, he had a great season at Northern Colorado and he had that program moving in a positive direction. I believe he will have the same impact at CU.”
Boyle, who was an was captain of the Jayhawks his senior year (1984-85) on a team that included Manning. He worked as an assistant on former KU teammate Mark Turgeon’s staffs at Wichita State and Jacksonville State before taking his first head coaching post at UNC in 2006-07. Others who interviewed: Oregon assistant Mike Dunlap and CU associate head coach Steve McClain.
“This is it (dream job), there’s no doubt,” said Boyle, a native of Greeley, Colo. “I remember talking with Mark Turgeon once when he asked me where I wanted to be in 10 years, and I said the head coach at the University of Colorado. This is a destination job. I'm humbled and honored.”
Turgeon told the Boulder Daily-Camera that, “Tad is the best assistant I’ve ever had. He was like a co-head coach when I had him and he helped me build two programs. Tad is ready to take a program to the next step and he knows how to build a program. Jeff did a good job there and they’re close. Everybody’s pointing to next year for them, and I think Tad can get them there.”