MacIntyre’s confidence comes across at CU GJ stop
Mike MacIntyre admits he isn’t a patient man when it comes to winning and losing.
He wants to win and win now.
As the new head football coach at the University of Colorado, he faces a daunting task. The Buffaloes were 1-11 last year, the worst record in 123 years of CU football.
Speaking during the Colorado Coaches Caravan at the DoubleTree Hotel Friday, MacIntyre’s confidence is undaunted when articulating his hopes of turning CU football around quickly.
“I want to win every game we play, I mean that sincerely,” he said. “If we do that or not, I don’t know, but we’re going to attack every football game we play. I think it’s important that our kids have that mentality, too.”
Colorado basketball coaches Tad Boyle and Linda Lappe also were part of the caravan, which made stops around the state this week.
Boyle said he believes CU made a great hire in MacIntyre, but the veteran men’s basketball coach also said MacIntyre is facing some different challenges than he and Lappe did.
“Football and basketball are different. We’re driving PT boats,” Boyle said, smiling, referring to the school’s two basketball programs, “and he’s driving an aircraft carrier. Sometimes it takes a little longer to turn an aircraft carrier around.”
Taking over a bottom-dwelling football program isn’t new to the 48-year-old MacIntyre. After several assistant coaching gigs, including coaching defensive backs with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets, MacIntyre got his first head coaching job in 2010 when he took over a 2-10 San Jose State program. Two years later, the team finished at 10-2 and was ranked No. 24 in the nation.
“The first thing you have to do is establish your own culture,” he said.
One of the first hurdles for MacIntyre was to learn about his current players. He met all of the players individually, then had 15-minute video clips made of every player — either from games or practices.
“I just wanted a glimpse of them, so I could evaluate them fairly when I saw them on the field,” he said.
After spring practice, he re-evaluated each player.
“I have a distinct plan, and part of that was that I brought seven coaches with me, so all that infrastructure is there. They all know what we want to do and what we’re doing,” he said.
Part of the plan and that culture is recruiting, and he said his assistant coaches are currently on the road looking for future CU football players.
Boyle said success in any college program begins with recruiting. With his program, he believes CU can become a national power.
“The only way you sustain success is continue to recruit,” Boyle said, “and continue to develop the players in your program, and they have to get better from year to year. If we continue to do that, there’s no reason that Colorado can’t be a top 25 program.”
Recruiting is simple but hard, Boyle said, adding, “It’s all about building relationships and building trust.”
Boyle admits it takes time to recruit the best players in the nation.
“There’s a food chain in recruiting, and you always want to eat a little higher on that food chain,” he said.
MacIntyre is looking to follow Boyle and Lappe’s lead in developing successful CU programs.
“We built our foundation, and we feel good about our culture and having something we can sustain year after year because that’s the mark of a successful program,” Lappe said.
Boyle and Lappe have been at the school for three years, and both took their respective teams to the NCAA tournament this year.
MacIntyre realizes some patience is necessary when rebuilding a once-proud program
“I’m persistent, and I persevere. We’re patient, but you have to keep moving forward,” he said. “You can’t get impatient and lose all thought and flexibility in your plan.
“You can’t build a house without a good foundation, and we’re building a foundation.”