Kansas hires former UW-Whitewater football coach Lance Leipold as new head coach

UW-W’s Leipold named head football coach at Buffalo

MADISON, Wis. — Former UW-Whitewater football coach Lance Leipold is heading to the Big 12.

Several media reports on Friday indicated the former Warhawks coach, who has spent the last three seasons at the University at Buffalo, has been hired to take over for Les Miles as the new head coach at Kansas. Leipold and Kansas later confirmed that he had agreed to a six-year contract with the Jayhawks.

“It is an exciting and humbling opportunity, and this is a day I will never forget,” Leipold said in a statement released by Kansas University. “This is a program that has a lot of young talent on the roster and has the infrastructure in place to succeed. The best days for this program are ahead, and my family and I are ecstatic to be a part of it. I am ready to get to work and give everything I have to the Jayhawks.”

Leipold won six Division 3 national championships at UW-Whitewater, turning the Warhawks into a national powerhouse before moving on Buffalo for his first Division 1 coaching job.

In his three years with the Bulls, Leipold led the school to a 24-10 record, two trips to the Mid-American Conference championship game and three straight bowl games — including the first two bowl wins in the program’s history.

Kansas has not made a bowl game since 2008 and has not been ranked in the AP Top 25 since 2009. Kansas went 0-9 during the 2020 season, and the school has won three or fewer games every year for the past 11 seasons.

The school parted ways with Miles as head coach on March 8th after allegations of misconduct with female students during his time at LSU.