Colorado's MacIntyre Claims Comeback Coach of the Year Award
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Moments ago, University of Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre was presented the AFCA Comeback Coach of the Year award. One of several awards presented tonight during the American Football Coaches Awards show, the AFCA Comeback Coach of the Year award is presented to a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coach who faced significant obstacles or adversity during the past season, but led his team to great success despite that adversity – for example, losing a key player or players to injury, but still having a successful season; a head coach coming back from illness; dealing with a difficult situation at his university; or bouncing back from a bad season.
This year’s finalists for Comeback Coach of the Year, who were voted on by FBS head coaches, were Chris Creighton from Eastern Michigan, Mike MacIntyre from Colorado and Paul Petrino from Idaho.
MacIntyre accomplished a great feat at Colorado in 2016. After the Buffaloes finished last in the Pac-12 South division during his first three years, this season ended up being one of the greatest turnarounds in Pac-12 history. After an abysmal 1-8 conference mark in 2015, MacIntyre led the Buffs to a 10-4 overall record, the Pac-12 South division title and an appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl in 2016. The 10 wins this season are the most for Colorado in 15 years.
MacIntyre began his coaching career in 1990 as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia. After his two years at Georgia, he worked as an assistant coach spending one year at Davidson College, four years at the University of Tennessee at Martin and two years at Temple University. In 1999, he joined David Cutcliffe’s staff at the University of Mississippi. While with the Rebels, he coached on both sides of the ball, helping them to several bowl appearances. At Ole Miss, he also successfully recruited two high profile student-athletes – Eli Manning and Patrick Willis.
In 2003, MacIntyre jumped to the pros, spending five seasons in the National Football League. He spent the first four seasons under Bill Parcells coaching the Dallas Cowboys defensive backs. His last season in the NFL was spent with the New York Jets.
MacIntyre returned to the college ranks in 2008, where he reunited with David Cutcliffe at Duke University. He spent two years as the defensive coordinator for the Blue Devils where his defenses were among the best statistically for Duke in over 20 years. In recognition of his accomplishments at Duke, the AFCA awarded him the 2009 AFCA FBS Assistant Coach of the Year award.
With his success, it was no surprise that the veteran coach was tapped for the top job at San Jose State University in 2010. He spent his first season aggressively recruiting and restructuring the culture of the football program. His hard work was evidenced in the results; the Spartans went from 1-12 his first season, to 10-2 and tied for first place in the Western Athletic Conference in his third season. After leading San Jose State to its first 10-win season in 25 years, Colorado came calling.
In addition to winning the AFCA Comeback Coach of the Year award, MacIntyre is also a finalist for AFCA FBS National Coach of the Year which will be presented later in tonight’s broadcast.
About the American Football Coaches Awards
The American Football Coaches Awards, featuring the AFCA National Coach of the Year, is currently being televised live on CBS Sports Network. This marks the first time the AFCA is televising its annual awards. The live one-hour program is airing from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, and coincides with the AFCA’s annual convention. The host for the show, Eddie George, is a former Tennessee Titan running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State. Follow @WeAreAFCA or visit AFCA.com for more information.