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UW-Whitewater's Lance Leipold accepts job at Buffalo

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WHITEWATER -- University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Head Football Coach Lance Leipold has accepted the position of head football coach at the University at Buffalo, a Football Bowl Subdivision school.

“I'd like tocongratulate Coach Leipold on being named the next head football coach at the University at Buffalo,” UW-Whitewater Chancellor Richard J. Telfer said. “It is a tribute to his hard work and excellent performance both on and off thefootball field. I think I speak for many Warhawks when I say that we are proud of him and we wish him all the best.

“I'd also like to thank him for all that he's done for our student-athletes during his time at UW-Whitewater. He took a strong program and made it a national powerhouse in Division III. I am confident he will do well at the University at Buffalo. I am also confident that he will be focused on winning this Saturday against Wartburg.”

“I will be finishing this season and will be there as we prepare to take on an excellent Wartburg team this Saturday,” Leipold said. “My focus remains with this program and our student-athletes, and on our goal of winning a national championship.”

Leipold, a 1987 UW-Whitewater graduate, currently owns a 106-6 career record as a head coach. He led the program to five national championships and, earlier this season, became the fastest head coach in NCAA history to reach 100 career wins.

“On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, I'd like to thank Lance for his dedication and service to our institution and our student-athletes over the last eight years,” UW-Whitewater Director of Athletics Amy Edmonds said. “Our football program has risen to new heights under his leadership, and we hope he'll lead the team to its goal of a nationalchampionship to end this season.

“When that time arrives, we wish nothing but the best for Lance and his wife, Kelly, and their children, Lindsey and Landon, as he begins a new chapter in his career.”

A four-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and five-time American Football Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year, Leipold entered the 2014 season with the highest winning percentage among active coaches in college football. Last season, he became one of two coaches at any level to earn five AFCA Coach of the Year honors.

Under Leipold, the Warhawks won seven WIAC championships and reached the Stagg Bowl national championship game six times.

UW-Whitewater, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by d3football.com and the American Football Coaches Association, is set to host Wartburg (Iowa) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Playoffs thisSaturday at 12 p.m. at Perkins Stadium.

A national search for Leipold's replacement will begin immediately.
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