Former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey named head coach at Northern Colorado

Posted at 3:59 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 00:20:39-05

GREELEY, Colo. – Former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey has been named the head football coach at the University of Northern Colorado.

McCaffrey confirmed the news in an Instagram post on Thursday afternoon. He'll be making the jump to the college level from Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, where he was the head coach for the last two seasons.

UNC, which competes in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, fired coach Earnest Collins this year after a 2-10 season. Collins went 6-5 in 2015 and 2016 but had no other winning seasons since taking the UNC job in 2011 and an overall record of 28-72.

McCaffrey will be introduced as the Bears' new coach at a press conference at 3 p.m. Friday on the UNC campus.

"I'm so proud of our players and the amazing coaching staff who joined me for the past two years [at Valor Christian]," McCaffrey said on Instagram. " I am very excited to bring the same passion to this new opportunity with the UNC Bears."

McCaffrey was named the new head coach at Valor Christian in February 2018.

McCaffrey played eight seasons for the Denver Broncos and won three Super Bowl rings during his career – one as a 49er and two as a Bronco.

McCaffrey led Valor Christian to the Class 5A state championship in 2018, with his son, Dylan, as quarterback, and wrapped his second season as the head coach at Valor Christian High School with a 10-2 record after the Eagles fell to Columbine 37-30 in the Class 5A quarterfinals.