After the pending WR coaching hire, Karl Dorrell will have replaced 6 of the 10 assistants that coached during the 2021 season, including 4/5 on the offense staff. Chris Wilson, Brett Maxie and Darian Hagen are the only assistants that remain on staff since the beginning of the Dorrell era. However, several of the new hires have formed ties with one another and CU coaches along the way.
Mike Sanford, Offensive Coordinator - The average of the major power rank statistics over the 6 years of his OC career indicate above average performance (Pff - OFF rank 32; SP + 32; F+ 35.2). I expect Sanford to have a multiple scheme (pro, RPO, power run) that is built from a strong foundation in the trenches. Sanford reunites with Coach Shannon Turley (Strength Coach) who he worked with at Stanford in the Stanford and Miami (Tua at QB) will likely inspire the scheme in Boulder.
Clay Patterson, Tight Ends and Passing Game Coordinator the former Minnesota assistant re-joins Sanford. Clay is another young coach, he also has head coaching experience at Northeastern Oklahoma, and OC for six seasons at Texas A&M Kingsville.
Vic So'oto, Defensive Line - Vic is a young coach (34) who has coached the last two seasons at USC where he coached Defensive Line and also OLBs in 2020. He began is coaching career in 2015 with Virginia. He is regarded as a solid recruiter. Vic is second cousins with the late Junior Seau and expect to strengthen recruiting networks with the Polynesian community.
Kyle DeVan, Offensive Line - Kyle is another young coach (36) He spent 21 season as an Analyst working with Michigans OL. All 5 of the starting MI lineman earned Big Ten honors, and they won the Joe Moore Award for the nations top offensive line this year. Michigan OL ranked near the top in several advanced metrics….Stuff Rate 3; Sack Rate 2; Avg Line Yrds 19. DeVan also coached OL at Arizona (19-20) and played at OSU.
Rod Chance, Defensive Backs - Rod is 36, he coached seven season in P5, including the last three years at Oregon (2 DBs, 1 analyst). Rod coached at Vanderbilt where he crossed paths with Coach Dorrell and Coach Maxie. Rod’s career also included a year at Minnesota (2019 with Patterson) where he helped their defense finish 9th nationally defending the pass.Oregon had a high pff grad for Corners (71,68).
Wide Receivers - the Buffs will hire a WR coach to round out the staff, that could happen during or following the college football coaching conventions (Jan 9-11)
Buffs Assistant Coaches Moving On
The Buffs parted ways with some good coaches. Most of their contracts were up this year, and the recent hires also brought experience coaching their position groups.
Brian Michalowski, OLB Coach- last three seasons coaching OLB. Brian is a young coach, and energetic recruiter who connected with players. Brian has promising future.
Danny Langsford, QB Coach- with hiring of Sanford (who coached QBs before) and departure of Chiaverini who had coached receivers. Danny will be hired by Tulane as their new offensive coordinator
Brian Cook - will not be retrained as the Tight Ends Coach