Wednesday , Apr , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Colorado tabs Air Force’s Bzdelik as new basketball coach

Boulder, CO (Sports Network) – Jeff Bzdelik, who posted a 50-16 record the
past two seasons at Air Force, agreed on a five-year contract to become the
University of Colorado’s new men’s basketball coach on Wednesday.

The contract includes an annual guaranteed salary of $750,000 and numerous
incentives. Colorado will also pay Air Force the $270,000 buyout clause that
is contained in Bzdelik’s contract with the Falcons.

Bzdelik led Air Force to a 26-9 record this past season that culminated with a
loss to Clemson in the NIT semifinals. In 2005-06, Bzdelik’s Falcons went 24-7
and appeared in the NCAA Tournament for just the fourth time ever. In his two
seasons at the Academy, Air Force was almost unbeatable at home, posting a
31-1 record.

“Jeff symbolizes all the essential leadership qualities that are important to
successfully direct the Buff basketball program and represent the University
of Colorado with class and distinction,” said Colorado athletic director Mike
Bohn. “His high level of professionalism, competitive spirit, work ethic and
integrity makes him the perfect choice for our world class institution.”

Bzdelik also has experience in the NBA, having coached the Denver Nuggets for
2 1/2 seasons. During the 2003-04 campaign, Bzdelik improved the Nuggets by 26
games from the prior season and led Denver to the playoffs for the first time
in nine years.

“With the hiring of Jeff Bzdelik, the University of Colorado at Boulder has
made a strong statement about our values as well as our athletic aspirations,”
said Colorado chancellor Bud Peterson. “Coach Bzdelik’s experience,
commitment to excellence, concern for his players as scholar-athletes, along
with his intensity and attention to detail, are a perfect fit for the type of
environment we are creating here at CU.”

Bzdelik will replace Ricardo Patton, who left to become the head coach at
Northern Illinois.