BUFFALO, NY – (UB Press Release) University at Buffalo football head coach Jeff Quinn announced changes to his coaching staff on Monday. The Bulls' fifth–year head coach has shuffled some current coaches, added a new coach and has welcomed back a previous coach.
To replace quarterbacks coach Don Patterson, who resigned to accept the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach position at Connecticut, Quinn has shuffled the duties of his current offensive staff.
Alex Wood will remain offensive coordinator, but will move from wide receivers to quarterbacks. Coaching quarterbacks is nothing new to Wood as he was previously the quarterbacks coach at Wake Forest (1993-94), Arkansas (2006-07) as well as the Minnesota Vikings (1999-02).
Marty Spieler will move from tight ends coach to wide receivers coach. Keegan Jones, who spent the past three years as a graduate assistant for the offensive staff, has been promoted to tight ends coach.
New to Quinn's staff is Chris Cosh who will coach the defensive line. He replaces Jappy Oliver who left UB to accept the same position at Virginia. Cosh brings with him nearly 30 years of experience, most recently serving as defensive coordinator at USF. He has served as a defensive coordinator for 16 of his 29 seasons, including stops at Kansas State, Maryland, South Carolina, Michigan State and Illinois. He was on Lou Tepper's staff at Illinois from 1992-96, including serving as defensive coordinator in 1996.
Cosh worked with Bill Snyder at Kansas State on two different occasions. He served as linebackers coach in 2004 and 2005 and returned to K-State in 2009 when Snyder came out of retirement. He was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach under Snyder from 2009-11 and helped lead the Wildcats to a Cotton Bowl appearance following the 2011 season.
In addition to Snyder, Cosh has also served under other coaching legends. He was the defensive coordinator at Michigan State under current Alabama head coach Nick Saban in 1998. From there, he moved to South Carolina where he was linebackers coach and defensive coordinator for five seasons under Lou Holtz.
With the departure of strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval who resigned to accept the same position at Wyoming, Quinn has hired Buddy Morris to replace him. Morris, who served as the Bulls' strength and conditioning coach in 2006, has an accomplished history of training elite players at both the collegiate and NFL levels.
Morris had three different stints as strength and conditioning coach at the University of Pittsburgh (1980-89; 1997-01; 2007-10). He also has NFL experience as he was the head strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2002-05.
Morris' workout regimens are highly regarded and include a focus on strength training, speed development, conditioning, agility training and flexibility. His take on football strength and conditioning was featured in a 2009 issue of Sporting News.
In other coaching staff news, defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist will also serve as the co-defensive coordinator along with Tepper and will be the Bulls' recruiting coordinator.
"We welcome a tremendous group of coaches who understand the process of graduating our student-athlete football players and competing for championships," Quinn said. "My focus is on continuity and hiring quality people. I had more interest than ever from great coaches who want to be a part of UB football."