Borbely (pronounced boar-bull-lee) spent the last four seasons in South Bend, coaching the entire offensive line in 1998 and 1999 and solely the guards and centers in 2000 and 2001. While with the Irish, he coached two New Year's Day bowl teams ('99 Gator and '01 Fiesta), and was on the same staff in 1998 as current CU co-defensive coordinator Tom McMahon. The entire Notre Dame staff was let go after last season's 5-7 finish, but Borbely was hired as offensive line coach at Kansas last Dec. 27. When the CU position opened, he expressed interest and interviewed with Barnett earlier this week.
"I'm extremely pleased that we were able to convince Dave Borbely to join our football staff," Barnett said. "Dave brings great experience, a tremendous reputation with his peers and a coaching record that exudes excellence in every fashion. He will coach the front five offensive linemen and will recruit southern California for us."
"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to work with Coach Barnett and his staff," Borbely said. "I know it's a great program and I'm proud to now be associated with it and have this opportunity to coach there." He also cited his previous relationship with McMahon as a factor in his hire. "Tom's a big reason that I am there. He was an excellent football coach here at Notre Dame, and one of the toughest guys I know in a lot of respects. It'll be great to work with him again."
A 1981 graduate of DePauw University (the same alma mater as CU athletic director Dick Tharp), he earned his degree in history while lettering four times in football, being named the team's top lineman twice. His first taste of coaching came at the University of Evansville, where he worked two years (1981-82) as a graduate assistant while earning his master's degree in secondary education.
He moved on to become the defensive line coach for the freshman team at Penn in 1983 (a part-time position), and then worked the next two seasons as a graduate assistant at Tennessee, with both the '84 (Sun) and '85 Volunteer (Sugar) teams going to bowl games.
His first-full time coaching position followed at Rice University in 1986, and it was the first of four successive three-year stints around the country. He moved from Rice to Temple in 1989, then to Tulane in 1992 and then to Stanford in 1995 before settling at Notre Dame in 1998. Along the entire way he coached the offensive line, and he was a part of two Stanford teams that went to the postseason. No less than six of the players he has coached have been drafted into the National Football League.
Barnett said that Borbely would join the Buffs in time for the team's conditioning drills this Monday.