Tad Boyle was announced as an assistant coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team on March 8, 2017.
Boyle previously helped lead the USA to a bronze medal as an assistant coach at the 2015 Pan American Games, and he was a court coach at the 2013 USA Men’s World University Games Team training camp.
“It’s a great honor,” Boyle said. “Number one to represent my country and United States basketball, but secondly to work with a guy like John Calipari is an honor. It’s also an honor to be coaching alongside an old teammate in Danny Manning. The last time the three of us were together on a basketball court was 1985 at the University of Kansas. That was 32 years ago. So, it’s something I’m really looking forward to – learning and being around Coach Cal and Danny and representing our country. There is no greater honor.”
Currently in the midst of completing his seventh season with the Colorado Buffalos (2010-11 to present), Boyle owns a 148-93 record (.614, as of March 5) at CU and an overall mark of 204-159 (.562, as of March 5) in his 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach. Boyle has led Colorado teams to 21 or more wins in four seasons and to four NCAA Tournaments.
Prior to Colorado, Boyle resurrected the men’s basketball program at the University of Northern Colorado, where he guided the Bears to a 56-66 record in four seasons (2006-07 to 2009-10), including a 25-8 mark in his final year (2009-10).
Boyle is the first CU coach to lead Buffs to five consecutive post-season appearances (2010-11 to 2014-15), the first CU coach to win 20 games in each of his first four years and the first CU coach to have four, 20-win seasons.
In his first season (2010-11), Boyle capped the campaign with a trip to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals. The Buffaloes won a school-record 24 games, including a program-best 18 home wins.
In year two, Boyle guided the Buffaloes to the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament third round, another 24-win season and a Pacific-12 Conference Tournament championship in its inaugural season in the conference.
Boyle became the first CU head coach to earn the District 20 Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The 48 wins were a school-best in any two-year span of the program.
In year three (2012-13), Boyle guided the Buffs to another NCAA Tournament appearance, the second year in-a-row, becoming the first CU coach in 50 years to guide the program to back-to-back tournament appearances. CU won 21 games, the third straight season the program eclipsed the 20-win plateau, also a school-first.
Success continued for Boyle and his coaching staff in year four (2013-14) as the Buffs won 23 games, the third most victories in school history. Another NCAA Tournament followed for a school record third consecutive season.
In 2014-15, a 16-18 record marked the first time in five years the program failed to notch a winning season, however the Buffaloes reached the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) quarterfinals. The tournament marked the fifth consecutive season the program made a post-season tourney, a school-first.
In 2009-10, the Bears were 25-8 (.758) and finished second in the Big Sky Conference while advancing to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament. In 2010, he was named the NABC Division I All-District Coach of the Year, the Big Sky Coach of the Year by both The Sporting News and CollegeInsider.com and he was a finalist for the CollegeInsider.com National Mid-Major Coach of the Year award.
He spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Wichita State and was part of a turn around that saw the Shockers improve from 9-19 (.321) in his first year to 26-9 and a NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance in 2006.
He played collegiately at the University of Kansas (1981-85), where he was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams (1984, 1985) and was part of the 1984 Big Eight Tournament championship squad.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Kansas in 1985, Boyle went on to serve six years as a high school basketball coach at various Colorado programs.
Boyle’s first collegiate coaching job in 1994 was at the University of Oregon, where he spent three seasons and helped the Ducks to the 1995 NCAA Tournament and the 1997 National Invitational Tournament.
In 1997, Boyle followed Ducks head coach Jerry Green to Tennessee, where he was director of basketball operations when the Vols won 20 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Boyle reconnected with Turgeon the following year, this time as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State (Ala.), where they helped turn a team that was 8-18 into a 17-11 squad in just one season.
Boyle was a standout performer at Greeley Central High School, where he led the Wildcats to a state championship as a senior in 1981 and earned Colorado Player of the Year honors as well as being selected to the Converse All-American team. His high school jersey was retired at the conclusion of his senior season.
Boyle and his wife, Ann, have two sons, Jack and Pete, and a daughter, Claire.