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Boyes stepping down as Buff State football coach; Ozolins named interim coach

Boyes and Ozolins


BUFFALO -- Buffalo State director of athletics Jerry Boyes announced today he is stepping down as head football, and Christian Ozolins is being promoted to interim head coach through the 2019 season.  Boyes will retain his role as director of athletics.

Boyes coached the Bengals for 25 seasons from 1986 to 2000 and again from 2009 to 2018, posting an overall record of 138-116 and led the team to seven NCAA playoff appearances and four ECAC Bowl Championships.

Ozolins has been a member of the Bengals' coaching staff since 2003 and was promoted to assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in 2013. He has also been the offensive backs coach as well as the recruiting and academic coordinator.

Ozolins previously coached at Maryville, Methodist, Alfred and Hamilton.  As a player, he played in the NAIA National Championship Game for Cumberland University in Tennessee.

He earned his bachelor's in education from Cumberland and completed a master's degree from Alfred University.

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