O’Boyle ready for new job with Mavs
Bill O’Boyle was settling into his new office Wednesday afternoon, getting his phone and computer set up.
The former Chadron (Neb.) State College head football coach was hired Wednesday as the Colorado Mesa University offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
O’Boyle was the head coach and offensive coordinator at Chadron State the past seven years, leading the Eagles to three consecutive RMAC titles and three consecutive NCAA Division II playoff appearances.
He has known new CMU head coach Russ Martin since the mid-1990s, when Martin was the head coach at Black Hills State (S.D.) University, 2½ hours north of Chadron.
“I’m jacked about having him here,” Martin said. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience. He’s as good an offensive line coach as there is in the country. He helps bring an attitude with an offensive line. He can challenge and inspire those guys and he’s a great recruiter.”
Martin was the offensive coordinator at RMAC rival Nebraska-Kearney the past eight years.
O’Boyle is reunited with his defensive coordinator, Todd Auer, who was hired along with Martin in January. O’Boyle and Auer have coached together at Chadron State the past 20 seasons.
“It’s great honor,” O’Boyle told The Daily Sentinel. “I think there is a lot of potential. It’s one of the better football staffs I’ve been around. It’s been in the works for seven years, to be honest with you. Coach Martin, Coach Auer and myself wanted to work together.”
O’Boyle will run Martin’s offense.
“Coach Martin was very successful with his offense,” O’Boyle said. “Coach wants to run his scheme and that’s what we’ll run. Hopefully, I’ll be able to insert a little bit of some things we did (that) we were very successful with. It’s going to be nice to learn from him.”
O’Boyle was released from his contract at Chadron State because O’Boyle opened private bank accounts outside the purview of the college and Chadron State Foundation, without the knowledge or consent of the college administration, according to a Nebraska State College System report.
“I was as cooperative as I can be with all those guys,” O’Boyle said. “It’s nice to hear the truth come out.
“We were getting under-funded the whole time. It’s something we didn’t know anything was wrong. That’s the way things have been run. I think they thought it was time for a change. That’s what they did.”
Donations intended for the football program were deposited into those accounts. Expenditures from those accounts were not subject to the controls and oversight required by the college, the release stated.
“Anybody that knows Bill knows he’s a quality person,” Martin said. “As good a coach as he is, he’s an even better person. He cares for kids and wants the best for them.”
O’Boyle had $22,000 in the accounts, the report stated, but no documents show how those funds were used.
“We used it for recruiting,” O’Boyle said. “It wasn’t a big deal. (The Chadron State administration) made a big deal out of it, is what they did.”
The rest of Mesa’s coaching staff is former Mesa quarterback Phil Vigil (quarterbacks), Phil Johnston (running backs), Ben Martin (linebackers), Miles Kochevar (defensive backs) and Seth Damron (tight ends).
Mesa starts spring practice March 21.