Published: March 1, 2017


Buffs Bits

The lacrosse team earned its first-ever national ranking in February after upsetting No. 9 Northwestern, 11-10 in overtime. CU entered the Top 20 poll at No. 11. … Soccer midfielder Taylor Kornieck (IntPhys’20) was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year after scoring 11 goals in the fall. … Freshman skier David Ketterer (Phys’20) represented his native Germany in a FIS World Cup slalom race in Kitzbühel, Austria, in January. … Golfer Sebastian Heisele (Arch’11) earned a PGA European Tour card. … Jenny Coleman (Mktg’14) earned conditional LPGA status for the 2017 season. She’s the first Buff to do it. … The Buffs hired D.J. Eliot as defensive coordinator following Jim Leavitt’s departure for Oregon. Eliot, who will make $700,000 a year as part of a three-year contract, is now the highest paid assistant coach in CU history. … Men’s basketball will play in St. Thomas Nov. 17-25 as part of the 2017 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

Buff Boss for the Broncos

The Denver Broncos hired Buff Vance Joseph (Mktg’94) to succeed Gary Kubiak as head coach.

Joseph was a quarterback for the Buffs from 1991 to 1994, competing against the likes of Darian Hagan (Soc ex’92; BA’01) in his first year and Kordell Stewart (Comm ex’95; BA’16) and Koy Detmer (Comm’97) after that, limiting his playing time.

Joseph went undrafted out of college, but the New York Jets signed him in 1995 to play defensive back and he played for the Colts in 1996.

Joseph began coaching as a graduate assistant at CU from 1999 to 2001. He climbed the coaching ladder and served as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator in 2016. He is the Broncos’ first black head coach.

In his introductory press conference in Denver, Joseph referenced his love for CU and Colorado.

“I’m a Buff,” he said. “Everyone knows that. So I spent most of my young life in Colorado. I welcome the chance to come back to this great community. It raised me, it’s a great place to live, it’s a great place to raise a family.”

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