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Dan Hawkins Promotes Eric Kiesau to Offensive Coordinator, Replacing Mark Helfrich

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Hat tip to mam2jd for posting the link in my article published minutes before the announcement... According to Dave Plati of the CU SID, Dan Hawkins has named former Buffs WR coach, Eric Kiesau, the new offensive coordinator following the departure of Mark Helfrich to an unidentified school (Oregon). "I am very excited, this is something I’ve been preparing for my entire life," Kiesau said. "When I got the call when all this was shaking down, it’s a natural progression to move in that direction, especially with what we’re doing offensively. I’m honored that Coach Hawkins and (athletic director) Mike Bohn endorsed and supported me being the next coordinator to lead the offense. I am looking forward to providing direction and guidance as we move forward and continue our journey here at CU." Hawkins has a plan in the works to name a new receivers coach as soon as possible. Best option was to hire Kiesau considering the situation that it is almost May and fall ball is less than 100 days away. Hopefully Kiesau brings change to one of the worst offenses we have seen at Colorado the past few years. The offense should remain similar but I am sure Kiesau will have a few wrinkles of his own. I do have to say that I am pumped the recruiter Kiesau will now have the offensive coordinator tag. That could be a deadly combination if the Buffs start winning and he continues to recruit the way he has in the past. This will be the first time Kiesau will be in charge of an entire offense. Here is Kiesau's biography on cubuffs.com. Best of luck to Helfrich in his new endeavors at Oregon. He will be the new quarterback's coach for Chip Kelly.