Jeff Culver, a three-time conference coach of the year at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, begins his second season as the Head Coach for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2013-14. Culver begins the season with his first full recruiting class after his appointment in late spring 2012.
Culver’s inaugural season laid the groundwork for the 2013-14 season, which starts with the highest preseason projections in four seasons. The Mountain Lions are ninth in the RMAC coaches’ poll with the first all-preseason pick since the 2006-07 season.
Culver came to UCCS after a seven-year career at Johnson & Wales, where he also doubled as athletic director for the final six years. He took the Wildcats to three Association of Independent Institutions championships and three appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. He was the A.I.I. Coach of the Year three times, and was the first coach in Johnson & Wales history to earn conference coach of the year honors in any sport.
The Wildcats had four student-athletes earn a spot on the All-A.I.I. Teams. Johnson & Wales set a program record for victories in a season in the 2009-10 season.
As athletic director at Johnson & Wales, and led a $7 million renovation to campus athletic facilities. The Wildcats added varsity sport programs in women’s volleball and men’s and women’s cross country.
Before Johnson & Wales, he was the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Northern Colorado when the school was in transition to Division I. He’s also been the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations at Colorado State, Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Alexander Dawson High School in Lafayette, Colo.; and operated two businesses in Fort Collins.
Culver earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1995.