(Born September 26, 1962) -- It’s relatively easy and secure to be an assistant, but usually it’s good to see if you can take that next step. Ask Jeff Quinn.
The current University at Buffalo football coach went to Elmhurst College, graduating in 1984 after serving as a football offensive lineman and as a heavyweight wrestler. He is in Elmhurst’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Quinn first served as a football assistant coach in DePauw University, where he picked up a Master’s degree. Then it was on to Ohio Northern before landing at Grand Valley State. There he worked with Brian Kelly for the first time, and they stuck together for the next two decades.
The partnership reached its climax at Cincinnati, where the Bearcats climbed up the ladder in the Big East. After the 2009 season, Kelly left for Notre Dame. Quinn might have gone with him as offensive coordinator, but instead he chose to replace Turner Gill as coach at the University at Buffalo.
It’s been a tough rebuilding process for the Bulls, as UB went 5-19 overall and 3-13 in the conference in his first two years. We’ll see how he does in the rest of Year Three.
--- Budd Bailey