Mike MacIntyre's weight loss reflects shift in culture at Colorado
When Colorado Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre made the move from Northern California to Boulder before the 2013 season, he was tasked with changing the culture of a program that hasn't been to the postseason since 2007.
While he acknowledges that doing so will take some time, the 49-year-old coach quickly realized that a commitment to himself runs parallel to the commitment of his players. So he set out to do right by his body.
Over the past year, as he told Pac-12 Networks' Yogi Roth before Saturday's game against Washington, MacIntyre has shed 60 pounds from his frame in an attempt to show his players that he's right there with them when it comes to committing to change.
"I stand up in front of these young men that are looking to me as a leader," he said while powering through a run in the thin Rocky Mountain air. "If I'm telling them to get in shape and do the right things, I need to."
MacIntyre knows that change isn't immediate, but he feels like the program is already reaping the benefits. In his first season, he upped the Buffaloes win total from one in 2012 to four in 2013.
And despite his team sitting at 2-6 so far in 2014, he's embracing the idea that his work - on himself and the program - will show strong benefits in the future.
"I do see our program changing and I see us going in the right direction," MacIntyre says. "I want it to go faster, but it's also a process."