Darrin Chiaverini is returning to Boulder.

On Tuesday, Colorado announced that the former CU receiver has been hired as an assistant coach for the football team.

Chiaverini will be the co-offensive coordinator, receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He has spent the past two seasons as the special teams coordinator and outside receivers coach at Texas Tech.

"Darrin brings an excellent expertise in the passing game to us from Texas Tech," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said in a press release. "He's an excellent recruiter and he's passionate about the University of Colorado. We're really excited to have him here, and I firmly believe he should help us improve."

Chiaverini, 38, who played at CU from 1995-98, replaces Troy Walters, who was the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator the past three years. Walters left CU early this month to become the offensive coordinator at Central Florida.

"It's something that's been burning inside me and is obviously close to my heart," Chiaverini said of returning to CU. "I can't really put into words how excited I am to come back to a place I call home. Working my way up through the coaching ranks, it's something I've always had my eye on to return to Colorado."

As co-offensive coordinator, Chiaverini will work closely with Brian Lindgren, who has been CU's offensive coordinator the past three years. Lindgren has also been the Buffs' quarterbacks coach.


MacIntyre said this move should not reflect poorly on Lindgren, but should allow him do a better job with CU's quarterbacks.

"Brian will still call the plays, but this will give him more time to focus on coaching the quarterbacks," MacIntyre said. "With Chiv bringing the experience from coaching in a different offense, I believe the two will work well together in advancing what our offense will be able to accomplish."


Chiaverini is the 26th former CU player to return as an assistant coach. ... During his playing career, he caught 97 passes for 1,199 yards and six touchdowns for the Buffs. ... Chiaverini was taken in the fifth round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns and played four seasons in the NFL. ... Chiaverini will coach Texas Tech during the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29 and will begin his duties at CU after that.

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