Head coach Jeff Quinn continues to mold the Buffalo football program into his vision since being hired on Dec. 22, 2009.
The Bulls went 4-8 (3-5 MAC) in 2012, but it was the way UB ended the season that got fans excited. Buffalo won three of its last four games. The Bulls posted their best numbers in nearly every statistical category since Quinn’s arrival. UB rushed for 2,120 yards - the third highest total in school history and the most as a Division I-A program. On the other side of the ball, the Bulls ranked second in the MAC in total defense.
Quinn led the Bulls to a 3-9 record (2-6 MAC) in 2011 with some record-breaking performances. Running back Branden Oliver set the single-season rushing record with 1,395 yards. He coached a pair of first-team All-MAC selections in Oliver and linebacker Khalil Mack.
The Bulls became more comfortable with Quinn’s system in year two and the numbers reflected it. UB averaged eight more points and 68 more yards of total offense per game than in 2010. Buffalo had 13 plays of 40 or more yards in 2011 - the most in its Division I era.
In 2010, the Bulls finished 2-10 in his first season, with a 1-7 mark in MAC play. Despite the record, the Bulls boasted one of their best defenses in their Division I history in 2010 as efensive backs Davonte Shannon and Domonic Cook earned All- MAC First Team honors, while linebacker Khalil Mack was named to Phil Steele’s 2010 Postseason All-Freshman Team.
Quinn was introduced as the 24th head coach in the history of the University at Buffalo football program by former Director of Athletics Warde Manuel on Dec. 22.
Quinn has produced record-breaking offenses throughout his 27-year college coaching tenure and has won conference and national championships at his last three stops, including five conference crowns in the past eight seasons.
As offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Cincinnati for the past three seasons, Quinn has helped the Bearcats compile a 33-6 record, including a 12-0 record in 2009 and a national No. 4 ranking heading into the Sugar Bowl meeting with defending national champion Florida.
Quinn was named one of five finalists for the 2009 Broyles Award, which is given to the nation’s top assistant coach. Unranked in preseason polls, Cincinnati’s undefeated regular season catapulted the Bearcats to No. 3 in the BCS standings and earned them an invitation to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the school’s second consecutive BCS game. UC set numerous school records in 2009, including those for wins (12), road wins (6), consecutive regular season wins (18), points (495), passing yards (3,844), fewest fumbles (10) and fewest turnovers (10).
Behind Quinn’s offensive line, the Bearcats have had an individual top the 100-yard plateau in six of the last eight games and eight out of 12 games overall. UC has topped 200-yards rushing on three occasions and has set the school record for points and touchdowns. Offensive tackle Jeff Linkenbach was a midseason selection to the SI.com all-America squad.
UC leads the nation in passing efficiency (166.19) despite using five different quarterbacks through the course of the season. The Bearcats rank sixth in passing offense (320.3), scoring offense (39.8), and total offense (464.3) and 10th in sacks allowed (0.9) behind Quinn’s coordination of the offense.
Eleven UC student-athletes were honored as all- BIG EAST selections, including four out of Quinn’s five starting offensive linemen. Chris Jurek (1st), Alex Hoffman (2nd), Jason Kelce (2nd), and Linkenbach (2nd) earned all-BIG EAST honors in 2009.
No stranger to the Mid-American Conference and its recruiting footprint, Quinn served as associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Central Michigan prior to his stint at Cincinnati and helped lead the Chippewas to the 2006 MAC title. He served as interim head coach for Central Michigan’s 31-14 victory over Middle Tennessee in the 2006 Motor City Bowl prior to joining the UC staff.
He arrived at CMU in 2004 after 15 seasons at Grand Valley State. He was part of the staff that led the Lakers to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003. The 2001 Laker offense averaged 600.8 yards and set an NCAA record by averaging 58.4 points per game.
During his career, Quinn has coached 12 offensive linemen who have played in the professional ranks, including first, fourth, fifth, and seventh round NFL Draft choices, as well as 22 players who have earned All-America status. In 2008, Quinn mentored Offensive guard Trevor Canfield, who was an Associated Press Second-Team All- America selection, the first UC offensive lineman to earn a spot on the AP team since Bill Shalosky in 1952.
He is a 1984 graduate of Elmhurst College where he was a two-sport standout in football and wrestling. Quinn was twice named Student-Athlete of the Year at Elmhurst. He was inducted into Elmhurst’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
Quinn earned a master of arts degree from De- Pauw in 1986 and an educational leadership master’s degree endorsement from GVSU in 2000.
He and his wife Shannon have two sons, Kyle and Ryan. Kyle serves as the undergraduate student representative to the UC Board of Trustees. He was also awarded the Boren Scholarship as is studying in Brazil for the 2012-13 academic year. Ryan is a wrestler at Central Michigan.