PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com – July 2, 2014) — Dave Borbely, formerly at the University of Louisville and several other Division I-FBS programs, has been named as Colorado State University-Pueblo's new offensive line coach, ThunderWolf Head Coach John Wristen has announced.
A veteran in the coaching world, Borbely comes to the Pack after a 4-year stint with the Cardinals and earlier stops at a who's who of successful programs. He has helped develop more than 25 NFL players in his 34 years as a collegiate football coach, aiding the Cardinals to three Bowl game wins and a post-season appearance in each season (2010-13) on Charlie Strong's staff, including a 2013 Sugar Bowl victory over Florida, which came after a second straight BIG EAST title in 2012.
Over the last two years, the Cardinals went a combined 23-3 and were ranked amongst the nation's top 20 programs in both seasons. They went 12-1 in 2013 posting a convincing 36-9 Russell Athletic Bowl win over Miami (Fla.) to cap the campaign.
Borbely, who has coached in 14 bowl games throughout his career, had served as the running game coordinator and offensive line coach at Virginia from 2006-09 after stops at Colorado (2002-05), Notre Dame (1998-2001), Stanford (1995-97), Tulane (1992-94), Temple (1989-91) and Rice (1986-88), where he had been the offensive line coach for each program.
Borbely, who had two years of playing experience at DePauw University (Ind.), began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Evansville before serving as the defensive line and freshman team coach at Pennsylvania in 1983. He then went to the SEC as a graduate assistant at Tennessee for two seasons (1984-85).
In his time at Louisville, Borbely helped guide and develop two all-conference offensive lineman in 2010, 2012 and 2013 as well as Jake Smith, Louisville's first FWAA freshman All-American in 2011. Included in that bunch was walk-on Alex Kupper, now playing for the Houston Texans, and 2011 NFL Draft sixth-round selection Byron Stingily of the Tennessee Titans.
At Virginia, Borbely tutored senior offensive tackle Eugene Moreno to several 2008 all-America squads, including second team honors by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation. Monroe also received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given to the ACC's top blocker. In his time with the Cavaliers, Borbely also coached Branden Albert, taken as the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. A third team AP All-American as a senior, Albert now plays for the Miami Dolphins.
In his 4-year stint at Colorado, where he worked with Wristen, Borbely helped the Buffs capture three Big 12 Northern Division crowns while securing three bowl appearances. In 2002, Colorado finished sixth in the nation in rushing.
At Notre Dame, where he also worked with Strong, the Irish went to a pair of New Year's Day bowls (1999 Gator and 2001 Fiesta). In his four years in South Bend, Borbely guided Luke Petitgout, the 19th overall 1999 NFL Draft selection of the New York Giants, who also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He had also helped Stanford to Liberty and Sun Bowl invitation following the 1995 and 1996 seasons, respectively. He also guided a pair of NFL Draft selections in Brad Badger and Nate Parks
Borbely and his wife of 29 years Bev, have three children (Joe, Laura and Brian), who all reside in the Denver metro area.
He completed his master's degree in secondary education from Evansville in 1982 and was a history major at DePauw, where he completed his bachelor's degree in 1981.
The Pack have won three straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles and have advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs in each of the last three years. They have also won 37 consecutive regular games and finished with a No. 7 national ranking in the final American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA) Coaches' Poll in 2013.