Tepper Named Buffalo Defensive Coordinator
BUFFALO, NY – Lou Tepper, who has won over 100 games as a head coach and has served as defensive coordinator at LSU, Illinois and Colorado, has been named the new defensive coordinator at the University at Buffalo by head coach Jeff Quinn.
Tepper, who boasts over 35 years of Division I coaching experience, sports a 101-75-2 overall record as a head coach with stints at Illinois, Edinboro and Indiana (PA). He is particularly well versed in coaching linebackers, as he has tutored three Butkus Award winners – Colorado's Alfred Williams and Illinois' Dana Howard and Kevin Hardy. He also has written a 328-page book entitled Complete Linebacking that was published by Human Kinetics.
Tepper replaces William Inge, who in January accepted a position on the Buffalo Bills coaching staff. He will direct UB's linebackers and coordinate a defense that returns eight starters, including honorable mention Sports Illustrated All-American Khalil Mack.
"I could not be more excited to be able to add to our staff a football coach like Lou Tepper," said Quinn. "He brings with him tremendous experience, and a genuine love of teaching and coaching the game of football to young men. His accomplishments speak for themselves. I look forward to seeing what our defensive staff will be able to accomplish with Lou on board and an exciting group of returning letterwinners next fall."
Tepper has been a part of staffs that have participated in 10 bowl games, including three as a head coach. At Illinois, he led the Illini to three bowl games, including a win in the 1994 Liberty Bowl. In 2006, the University endowed a "Lou Tepper Football Scholarship" to benefit linebackers for his accomplishments on behalf of his decade of service to Illinois. As head coach from 1991-96, he owns the best Illinois winning percentage (25-31-2) in the past 20 years and had a pair of wins over Ohio State and the first by the Illini at Michigan in 27 years.
After serving as defensive coordinator for three years at LSU (1997-99), Tepper took the head coaching job at Edinboro, where he compiled a 40-26 record, including three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) titles and two Division II playoff appearances. He was twice named PSAC West Coach of the Year.
He then moved on to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006, where he led the Crimson Hawks to a 36-18 record, an NCAA appearance and was named PSAC West Coach of the Year for the third time. His final year at IUP was 2009.
A two-sport athlete in college (football and track and field), Tepper graduated from Rutgers University. He is married to the former Karen Olesewski and they are the parents of two children, Matthew and Stacy.