ESPN‘s Joe Schad reported late last night/early this morning that Bill Lazor would be the offensive coordinator for new head coach Mike London‘s first Virginia staff.
And, as it turns out, Schad was indeed correct.
According to a press release issued by the school this afternoon, Lazor has officially been hired by the Cavaliers as their new coordinator.
From the press release:
“Bill brings a wealth of football knowledge and influence working for threeNFL Hall of Fame head coaches,” said London. “Like all the other coaches onstaff, he is of high character and integrity. Bill was an accomplishedcollege quarterback as a player and has been a college coordinator andrecruiter for an academic institution of high standing, which makes him agood fit with the staff who will represent the University of Virginia in apositive manner.”
“I am excited to be at the University of Virginia,” said Lazor. “First ofall, I feel it¹s a great atmosphere. I have lived in the state previouslyfor four years and I have some very good friends in the area who havecoached at Virginia. In my mind I have an unbelievable view of what Virginiafootball is, what it¹s going to be and should be. I think Virginia is aplace that is going to win, a place full of great people not only thestudent-athletes we have a chance to coach, but also the people involvedcoaching the team, supporting the team and those part of the University.
“My wife and I are excited to be part of a great university atmosphereagain. I am excited to work for Coach London. We have worked for some of thesame coaches in the past and they could not have given me a higherrecommendation of the type of person Mike London is. My trust in them andthe reputation of Mike London are strong and attractive factors in coming towork for him. We will put a program together in Coach London¹s vision thateveryone is going to be proud of.”
With the Seahawks Lazor guided Pro Bowler Matt Hasselback for the past twoseasons under head coaches Mike Holmgren and Jim Mora, Jr., respectively.Prior to his stint in Seattle, Lazor spent four seasons with the WashingtonRedskins. The 2006 and 2007 seasons Lazor was the quarterbacks coach forlegendary head coach Joe Gibbs. In his first two seasons in Washington,Lazor was an offensive assistant. Lazor got his NFL start in 2003 under DanReeves as the Atlanta Falcons offensive quality control coach.
Lazor¹s last collegiate stop was as the offensive coordinator andquarterbacks coach at Buffalo in 2001 and 2002, just after the Bullsrejoined the FBS ranks in 1999. Prior to his days heading the Bulls offense,Lazor spent seven seasons at his alma mater, Cornell. He started as apart-time assistant in 1994 and progressed to the passing game coordinator,recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1999 and 2000. He alsospent time as the running backs, tight ends, wide receivers and juniorvarsity head coach during his tenure with the Big Red.