BOULDER - Colorado native Tad Boyle, who most recently resurrected the basketball program at Northern Colorado, has been named the 18th head coach in University of Colorado men's basketball history, athletic director Mike Bohn announced Monday.

Boyle, 47, comes to Colorado from the University of Northern Colorado, where he guided the Bears to a 56-66 (.459) record the past four seasons, including a breakout season in 2009-10, when the Bears were 25-8 (.758) and finished second in the Big Sky Conference.  For his efforts, he was awarded the NABC Division I All-District Coach of the Year, the Big Sky Coach of the Year by both The Sporting News and, where he was also named a finalist for the National Mid-Major Coach of the Year award. 

"This is it (my dream job), there's no doubt," Boyle said.  "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."

Boyle replaces Jeff Bzdelik, who accepted the head coaching position at Wake Forest University last week.  He has agreed to a five-year contract, effective Monday. Additional terms will be released if the contract is approved by CU's Board of Regents.

"This exciting process was all about both the young men we have currently and those in the future who will be joining our program, and is an investment in them and represents the competitive spirit, teamwork, passion and dedication they stand for," CU athletic director Mike Bohn said. "Tad Boyle represents everything that is right about college basketball.  We look forward to his leadership, poise and competitive drive to unite all our collective Buff interests to support our team and this enterprise that has so much promise for the long term."

Tad Boyle is the 18th head coach in CU men's basketball history
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A Greeley, Colo., native, Boyle was named the 17th coach in UNC history on April 25, 2006.  At that point, the Bears were in the midst of a transition to Division I in its first season as a member of the Big Sky Conference.

Northern Colorado finished 4-24 in his first season when squad finished last nationally in the final RPI rankings for that season.  There were, however, flashes of times to come that season, including close losses to both Colorado (88-86) and Colorado State (75-66). 

Over the next two seasons at UNC, he improved the team's win total from four to 13 and then 14.  The Bears defeated Colorado State, 72-59, in his second season and also knocked off San Diego State, 72-59.  The Aztecs were ranked among the nation's top 50 teams in the RPI rankings at that time.   In year three, the Bears had improved from one conference win his first season to an even 8-8 mark and earned the school's first Division I post season trip, to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. 

It all came together for Boyle in his fourth season in Greeley, as the Bears advanced to the post season for the first time in school history, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Tournament while racking up a school record 25 victories.  He coached one first-team All-Big Sky member and also the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year. 

Prior to Northern Colorado, he spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Wichita State and was part of another turn around that saw the Shockers improve from 9-19 (.321) his first year there to one of the nation's top mid-major teams in 2006 when Wichita State went 26-9 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.   The Shockers eventually lost to Final Four Cinderella George Mason in the regional semifinals, but not before they had secured the No. 21 ranking in the final collegiate polls. 

Boyle played collegiately at Kansas (1981-85) and for legendary coach Larry Brown. He was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams (1984, 1985) and was part of the 1984 Big Eight Tournament championship squad. As a senior, Boyle captained the Jayhawks, which featured freshman Danny Manning, who three years later led the Jayhawks to the NCAA Championship.

After earning a B.S degree in business administration from Kansas in 1985, Boyle went on to serve six years as a high school basketball coach at various Colorado programs. He was the sophomore basketball coach at Greeley (Colo.) West for a year and then was an assistant coach at Loveland (Colo.) High School for two years. From there, he served at Longmont (Colo.) High School for three years before returning to the college ranks.

It was at Kansas that Boyle played alongside Turgeon, whom he also coached with at Oregon under Jerry Green. Boyle's first collegiate coaching job in 1994 was on Green's Ducks staff, where he spent three seasons and helped the Ducks to the 1995 NCAA Tournament and the 1997 National Invitational Tournament. In 1997, Boyle followed Green to Tennessee, where he was director of basketball operations when the Vols won 20 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Boyle reconnected with Turgeon the following year, this time as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State (Ala.), where they helped turn a team that was 8-18 into a 17-11 squad in just one season.

Before heading to play collegiately at Kansas, Boyle was a standout performer at Greeley Central High School, where he led the Wildcats to a state championship as a senior in 1981 and earned Colorado Player of the Year honors as well as being selected to the Converse All-American team. His high school jersey was retired at the conclusion of his senior season.

Boyle is married to the former Ann Schell of Greeley, and they have two sons, Jack and Pete, and a daughter, Claire.

Tad Boyle’s Year-by-Year Coaching Record

Season  Team (Position) Record Pct Note
1994-95 Oregon (AC) 19-9 .679 NCAA Tournament, 11-7 in Pac-10
1995-96 Oregon (AC) 16-13 .551  
1996-97 Oregon (AC) 17-11 .607 NIT Tournament
1997-98 Tennessee (DOBO) 20-9 .690 NCAA Tournament
1998-99 Jacksonville State (AC) 8-18 .308  
1999-00 Jacksonville State (AC) 17-11 .607 12-6 in TAAC
2000-01 Wichita State (AC) 9-19 .321  
2001-02 Wichita State (AC) 15-15 .500 9-9 in MVC
2002-03 Wichita State (AC) 18-12 .600 NIT Tournament, 12-6 in MVC
2003-04 Wichita State (AC) 21-11 .656 NIT Tournament, 12-6 in MVC
2004-05 Wichita State (AC) 22-10 .688 NIT 3rd Round, 12-6 in MVC
2005-06 Wichita State (AC) 26-9 .743 NCAA Sweet 16, MVC Reg Season Champs (14-4)
2006-07 Northern Colorado (HC) 4-24 .143 Bears' first year in Big Sky Conference
2007-08 Northern Colorado (HC) 13-16 .448  
2008-09 Northern Colorado (HC) 14-18 .438 Qualified for first Big Sky Tournament
2009-10 Northern Colorado (HC) 25-8 .758 CIT Quarterfinals, most wins in school history
Totals (Head Coach) 56-66 .459  
Totals (Overall) 264-213 .553 Five 20 win seasons, Eight postseason appearances