|Title:||Head men's basketball coach|
2010 NABC Division I All-District Coach of the Year: March 12, 2010
2010 Sporting News Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year: March 12, 2010
2010 CollegeInsider.com National Mid-Major Coach of the Year finalist: March 8, 2010
2010 CollegeInsider.com Big Sky Coach of the Year: March 9, 2010
Tad Boyle was hired as the 17th coach in University of Northern Colorado men's basketball history on April 25, 2006.
And he's been hard at work building the Bears into a top-notch NCAA Division I program ever since.
A Greeley native, Boyle spent the six seasons prior to his arrival at Northern Colorado at Wichita State University, helping turn the Shockers into arguably the nation's best midmajor program, alongside head coach Mark Turgeon, a longtime friend and now head coach at Texas A&M.
"I am humbled and honored to be the next head basketball coach at the University of Northern Colorado," Boyle says "This is going to be both a tremendous challenge and opportunity for me and where I am at in my career. I have been preparing myself for the last 17 years for this opportunity. I really appreciate (Director of Athletics) Jay Hinrichs and (Northern Colorado) President Kay Norton for believing in me and giving me this chance."
In his first year as Bears coach, Boyle was charged with turning around a program that had had minimal success for much of the past decade as it was reclassifying to the Division I level and was just beginning its first season as a member of the Big Sky Conference.
Northern Colorado finished just 4-24 in Boyle's first season, but flashes of what was to come were in full view: The Bears almost took down Big 12-team Colorado (they lost 88-86) in early December and then almost shocked Mountain West-team and instate rival Colorado State (they lost 75-66) the very next game.
Year two brought even more success and hope for the future. Northern Colorado finished that year 13-16 -- its most wins since claiming 14 victories during the 2001-02 season -- and collected victories against Colorado State (72-59) and top 50-RPI team San Diego State (72-59) as well as tripling its conference win total from the year before (2 to 6).
And it all came together in Boyle's third year in his hometown. The Bears finished with a 14-16 record -- another NCAA Division I milestone -- and an even 8-8 record in conference play to earn their first-ever NCAA Division I postseason berth.
Northern Colorado lost to Idaho State in the Big Sky quarterfinals in 2009, but the stage was set for Boyle's program to take even further strides in the coming seasons.
"I really like where the program is headed," Boyle says. "We've made some definite strides in the past few years in the areas of recruiting, player development and facilities improvement, and that's only going to continue. It's a great time to be a Bear."
Boyle came to Northern Colorado on the heels of one of the best seasons in Wichita State history. The Shockers finished 26-9 in 2005-06 and Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champions with a 14-4 MVC mark. The program later advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 by knocking off Seton Hall (86-66) and Tennessee (80-73), marking the school's first regional semifinal appearance since 1981.
Wichita State eventually lost to Final Four-Cinderella George Mason, 63-55, in the regional semifinal that season, but the Shockers finished the season ranked No. 21 in the nation.
"My time at Wichita State was a great six years in my life," Boyle says. "Going into the rebuilding situation and going through all the growing pains we went through -- including winning nine games the first year -- to six years later being in the Sweet 16 and having that type of season was, professionally, the best accomplishment I have been a part of. It was a tremendous feeling to rebuild a program from the bottom to the top."
Boyle played collegiately at Kansas (1981-85) and for legendary coach Larry Brown. He was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams (1984, 1985) and was part of the 1984 Big Eight Tournament championship squad. As a senior, Boyle captained the Jayhawks, which featured freshman Danny Manning.
"To be a part of a program with such a storied tradition and feel like you were a part of that for four years was pretty special," Boyle says. "The friendships and relationships I built in those four years are still with me today. That's what I like most about coaching and want to relay to all my players. The chance to develop relationships and friendships while playing college basketball is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
After earning a B.S degree in business administration from Kansas in 1985, Boyle went on to serve six years as a high school basketball coach at various Colorado programs. He was the sophomore basketball coach at Greeley (Colo.) West for a year and then was an assistant coach at Loveland (Colo.) High School for two years after that. From there, he served at Longmont (Colo.) High School for three years before returning to the college ranks.
It was at Kansas that Boyle played alongside Turgeon, whom he also coached with at Oregon under Jerry Green. Boyle's first collegiate coaching job in 1994 was on Green's Ducks staff, where he spent three seasons and helped coach a 1995 NCAA Tournament team and a 1997 NIT squad. Then, in 1997, Boyle followed Green to Tennessee, where he was director of basketball operations. The Vols won 20 games that season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Boyle reconnected with Turgeon the following year, this time as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State (Ala.), where they helped turn a team that was 8-18 into a 17-11 squad in just one season.
Before heading to Kansas, Boyle was a standout performer at Greeley Central High School, where he led the Wildcats to a state championship as a senior in 1981 and earned Colorado Player of the Year honors as well as being selected to the Converse All-American team. His high school jersey was retired at the conclusion of his senior season.
Boyle is married to the former Ann Schell of Greeley, and they have two sons, Jack and Pete, and a daughter, Claire.
Tad Boyle's collegiate coaching resume
|1994-95||Oregon (AC)||19-9 (.679)||NCAA Tournament; 11-7 in Pac-10|
|1995-96||Oregon (AC)||16-13 (.551)|
|1996-97||Oregon (AC)||17-11 (.607)||NIT Tournament|
|1997-98||Tennessee (Dir. BO)||20-9 (.690)||NCAA Tournament|
|1998-99||Jacksonville St. (AC)||8-18 (.308)|
|1999-00||Jacksonville St. (AC)||17-11 (.607)||12-6 in TAAC|
|2000-01||Wichita State (AC)||9-19 (.321)|
|2001-02||Wichita State (AC)||15-15 (.500)||9-9 in MVC|
|2002-03||Wichita State (AC)||18-12 (.600)||NIT Tournament; 12-6 in MVC|
|2003-04||Wichita State (AC)||21-11 (.656)||NIT Tournament; 12-6 in MVC|
|2004-05||Wichita State (AC)||22-10 (.688)||NIT 3rd Round; 12-6 in MVC|
|2005-06||Wichita State (AC)||26-9 (.743)||NCAA Sweet 16; MVC Reg. Season Champions (14-4)|
|2006-07||Northern Colorado (HC)||4-24 (.143)||
Bears' first year in Big Sky Conference
|2007-08||Northern Colorado (HC)||13-16 (.448)||Defeated San Diego State (top-50 RPI)|
|2008-09||Northern Colorado (HC)||14-18 (.438)||Qualified for first Big Sky Conference tournament|
|2009-10||Northern Colorado (HC)||25-8 (.758)||Coached Bears to most wins in school
The Boyles: Ann, from left, Pete, Claire, Jack and Tad.