The 2023 season for the Colorado Buffaloes and their new head coach, Deion Sanders, produced a lot of excitement. . .at least for a while. The team wound up missing bowl season but appears to be moving in the right direction. Now, Coach Prime has brought someone aboard that Minnesota Vikings fans have some familiarity with.
According to Brian Howell of BuffZone, a Colorado Buffaloes website, Colorado has hired former Vikings’ offensive lineman Phil Loadholt to be the team’s new offensive line coach.
Loadholt was drafted by the Vikings in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft and immediately became a fixture at right tackle for the team. He started every game that he appeared in for the Vikings, a total of 93 games (including playoffs) over the course of six seasons.
Loadholt missed the last five games of the 2013 injury with a torn pectoral muscle, and then missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his Achilles in the team’s preseason opener. He tried to come back to the team in 2015 but eventually opted for retirement instead.
Howell’s story informs us that Loadholt has been involved in coaching since 2018, when he spent two seasons with the University of Central Florida as an offensive line analyst. He then had the same role at Ole Miss in 2020 and 2021 before moving on to his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, in the same capacity over the past two seasons. He also took part in the Vikings’ scouting fellowship program in 2019.
So, Loadholt has worked his way up the ladder and will finally get the opportunity to be the head position coach for a major university. And, as long as Coach Prime is at Colorado, the spotlight will be on that program in some way, shape, or form. If his playing career is any indication, he’ll certainly be up to the task.
Congratulations to Phil Loadholt on being named the new offensive line coach at Colorado!