Just as Wake Forest was the dream job Jeff Bzdelik, the University of Colorado is exactly where Tad Boyle wants to be.
Monday, Boyle was introduced as the new head basketball coach at Colorado, replacing Bzdelik, who left for Wake Forest last week.
“This absolutely is a dream job for me; it's a destination job," Boyle said in a statement to the university Monday. “Being a Colorado guy, growing up in this state, playing high school basketball and coaching here, to be at the flagship university, I'm humbled and honored.”
Boyle, 47, comes to the Buffaloes from the University of Northern Colorado, where he spent four seasons leading the Bears to a 56-66 record, including a 25-8 mark during the 2009-2010 season with a win over in-state rival Colorado State and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
“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,” said CU director of athletics Mike Bohn.
A native of Greeley, Boyle was a high school all-American at Greeley Central High School, leading the Wildcats to the 1981 state championship. He played his college ball at Kansas under Larry Brown and teammate Mark Turgeon, the head coach at Texas A&M.
Boyle was an assistant under Turgeon at Wichita State from 2000-2006.
“I remember Mark Turgeon and I talking when I was working for him at Wichita State,” Boyle said. “He said where do you want to be 10 years from now? I told him I want to be the head coach at the University of Colorado.”
Boyle will immediately start recruiting for the Buffaloes, as the late-signing period began last Wednesday and CU currently has no commitments to its 2010 class.