Brian Borland
Brian Borland
Title: Defensive Coordinator/Cornerbacks
Phone: 716-645-6821
Year: Fifth Season

Brian Borland is in his fifth season as defensive coordinator and also serves as cornerbacks coach.

Buffalo ranked third in the Mid-American Conference in total defense in 2018, allowing 355.4 yards per game - less than two yards per game behind first place.

Linebacker Khalil Hodge finished his three-year career with 421 tackles, the third most in school history. Hodge was named first-team All-MAC along with defensive end Chuck Harris. Cornerback Cam Lewis was named All-MAC Second Team.

Buffalo ranked second in the conference with 14 interceptions in 2018. It was the most by a UB team since 2013. Eight different players recorded interceptions on the year.

Borland led a unit that ranked fifth in the MAC in scoring defense (24.8) in 2017. Three UB defensive players were named All-MAC, including linebacker Khalil Hodge (first team) who ranked second in the nation in tackles with 154 – the most by a UB player in the Bulls’ FBS era. Joining Hodge on the All-MAC team were defense ends Demone Harris (second team) and Chuck Harris (third team).

In 2016, Borland guided a defense that led the MAC and ranked 13th in the nation in pass defense, allowing 181.5 yards per game. Linebacker Khalil Hodge accumulated 123 tackles, the eighth most in school history for a single season, and was named All-MAC Second Team.

The Bulls were a very opportunistic defense in 2015. UB scored a school-record seven defensive touchdowns (by seven different players) to rank second in the nation.

Three members of his defense were named to the All-Mid-American Conference team in 2015. Linebacker Brandon Berry was named to the second team. Linebacker Okezie Alozie and cornerback Boise Ross were named to the third team. Ross broke the school record for passes defended in a season with 20 to rank fifth in the nation.

Borland came to UB from Wisconsin-Whitewater where he spent the previous 21 seasons. Since 2002, Borland served as the Warhawks defensive coordinator.

Borland began at UW-W in 1994, also serving as the defensive backs coach. He was announced as a 2015 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee.

Borland was named Division III Coordinator of the Year in 2013 by after helping lead the Warhawks to the NCAA Division III national championship, the team’s fifth in seven seasons. UW-Whitewater led the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 9.1 points per contest, and ranked No. 1 in the country in fumbles recovered (19) and turnovers forced (44).

From 2009-14, Borland’s defenses led the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and ranked among the top 20 in the nation in rushing defense, scoring defense and total defense. The Warhawks also led the league in pass efficiency from 2010-13.

Borland earned Wisconsin Collegiate Assistant Coach of the Year honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association in both 2004 and 2006. In the 2009 season, Borland led the Warhawks to the fourth best scoring defense in Division III. In 2010, the Warhawks were ranked second in NCAA Division III in run defense. In 2011, Borland’s rushing defense was ranked first in the WIAC.

From 1994-2002, Borland also coached track and field at UW-Whitewater. In 2000, he led the Whitewater women’s track and field team to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He earned NCAA D-III national coach of the year honors for his successful season.

Prior to Whitewater, Borland was the defensive coordinator for three years at Baker University (Kan.) from 1991-93, and at the University of Minnesota-Morris from 1989-90. He also was the head women’s softball coach at Baker University and head track and field coach at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Borland’s other stops include stints as a graduate assistant football coach at the University of Florida and at the University of Wisconsin. He also coached defensive backs at Arizona Western College.

Borland played his college football at Morningside (Iowa) College (1981-84) where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at defensive back, and a team captain.

In addition to his football coaching duties at UW-W, Borland taught in the HPRC Department.  

He has a wife, Gayle, and two sons, Evan and Jaren.