Former Akron coach Rob Ianello has been hired as Buffalo’s associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach, according to a source.
Ianello, 49, is regarded as one of college football’s best recruiters, and his hiring is a significant coup for new Bulls coach Lance Leipold. Ianello had served as a transitional consultant last month for Buffalo while Leipold finished leading Wisconsin-Whitewater to a remarkable sixth NCAA Division III national championship in his eight seasons in charge of the program.
Leipold and Ianello worked together at Wisconsin from 1991-93 as a graduate assistant and recruiting coordinator, respectively. A Port Chester, N.Y., native, Ianello spent the past season at Kansas as director of research, an off-field role focused on recruiting.
From 2012-13, he was then-Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis’ wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Ianello was the head coach at Akron from 2010-11 and was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator under Weis at Notre Dame for five seasons before that.
Ianello coached tight ends at Wisconsin from 2003-04. He was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Arizona from 1997-2002 after serving as the Wildcats’ recruiting coordinator for the three previous years.
Before Ianello’s first stint at Wisconsin with Leipold, he was the co-recruiting coordinator at Alabama from 1988-89. Last month Buffalo hired Leipold away from Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he had a 109-6 record and in October became the fastest coach in NCAA history to reach 100 wins.