The head coaches of the CU men’s and women’s basketball teams, Jeff Bzdelik and Kathy McConnell-Miller, have been replaced for the 2011 season. The new additions, Tad Boyle and Linda Lappe, have big plans to turn things around for CU basketball.

Boyle, who is taking on the men’s coaching position, played on the University of Kansas basketball team for two years with the guidance of celebrated coach Larry Brown. He then worked as a stockbroker in Boulder before assistant coaching at the University of Oregon, Jacksonville State (Alabama), and Wichita State. Most recently, he head coached at the University of Northern Colorado for four seasons before accepting the job at CU. He has plenty of experience bringing teams up from the dust, having brought Wichita State from the verge of a breakdown to a 26-9 record and participation in the Sweet 16.  With Boyle’s combination of experience and personality, he will be able to relate to players and alumni and create an atmosphere conducive to success in the 2010-11 season.

On the women’s side, CU basketball alum Linda Lappe will take the helm. She started coaching shortly after graduating from CU, working as an assistant at Drake University and Colorado State. She held her first head coaching position at Metropolitan State College in Denver for three years before being selected last Monday to coach the Buffs. During each of those seasons, Lappe guided the Metro State Roadrunners to top-three standings and winning records. She demonstrated dedication and a strong work ethic during her years as a CU player. Finally, her loyalty to her alma mater will motivate her to bring the Buffs to victory.

Boyle and Lappe are already starting to get to know their new teams. Lappe is conducting team workouts and conditioning practices, and Boyle has met privately with Alec Burks and other standout players. These newcomers may be tough on the Buffs, but they are doing everything they can to establish a connection with their teams before the upcoming season.