"I am very familiar with both of these guys and have been following their careers for a long time," says Whittingham. Ludwig was a Ute defensive graduate assistant in 1992 and coached with Whittingham at Idaho State from 1989-91. Odum lettered at Utah from 1989-92 and served as a defensive graduate assistant at the U. from 1995-97.
"Andy has an excellent track record as an offensive coordinator. I have known Andy for 15 years, since we worked together at Idaho State, and I know what he is about. He has done well everywhere he has been. His pedigree is from Fresno State and Oregon, where he not only produced some outstanding offenses, but tutored quarterbacks like (Fresno State's) David Carr," says Whittingham.
"Derrick was my graduate assistant and he has been polished at other programs since then as an assistant at Montana, Utah State and Houston. Derrick knows our system and is a solid recruiter. He will hit the ground running. He is a great addition to our staff."
Ludwig shaped the career of Carr, the top pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, and helped orchestrate one of the nation's top offensive arsenals during his four years at Fresno State. He also implemented a successful offense in his three years at Oregon.
In 2002, his first year at UO, the Ducks averaged 32.1 points per game, which ranked 23rd in the nation. First-team all-Pac-10 running back Onterrio Smith and first-year quarterback Jason Fife comprised one of just seven pairs to rank in the top 35 nationally in rushing and passing efficiency. In 2003, Ludwig developed yet another first year starter (Kellen Clemens) into the nation's 31st most efficient passer (139.8 average). The 2004 Ducks averaged 397.0 yards of total offense per game--36th in the country--and averaged 238.3 yards per game passing. Clemens ranks No. 24 in the nation in total offense.
Over the course of his 18-year collegiate coaching career, Ludwig, 40, has earned the reputation as an offensive innovator who excels in the development of quarterbacks. A 2001 finalist for the Broyles Award (presented annually to the nation's top collegiate assistant coach), Ludwig masterminded an offense that ranked third in the country in 2001 in passing efficiency, and fourth in both scoring offense (40.4 avg.) and total offense (497.2 avg.). The Bulldog offense that season featured the play of a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher. Fresno State went 11-3 and advanced to postseason play in the Silicon Valley Football Classic.
Ludwig played an instrumental role in the development of Carr, who threw for 4,839 yards and 46 touchdowns in 2001, and earned the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation's top senior quarterback. Carr led the nation in points responsible for and finished second in passing efficiency and third in total offense. Ludwig also mentored FSU QB Billy Volek, who set the NCAA career record for lowest interception percentage.
Ludwig's other experience as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach came at Cal Poly-SLO in 1997 and Augustana (S.D.), in 1993-94, where he coached the receivers as well. Ludwig began his coaching career at Portland State, his alma mater, coaching the wide receivers from 1987-88. He spent the 1989-91 seasons as the quarterbacks and receivers coach at Idaho State, before making the jump to Division I-A as a defensive graduate assistant at Utah in 1992. Between stints at Augustana and Cal Poly, he coached the quarterbacks at Boise State from 1995-96.
His early coaching resume also includes some impressive highlights. At Cal Poly, he guided an offensive attack that completed the year seventh in the country (NCAA I-AA) in total offense (455.0 ypg). Quarterback Alli Abrew led the nation in passing efficiency in 1997. Ludwig's receivers helped Boise State achieve a No. 16 ranking (I-AA) in passing offense in 1995.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ludwig was raised in Ogden, Utah. He played for Snow College from 1983-84 before completing his playing career at Portland State in 1986. He earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Portland State in 1988. He and his wife Jill have a son Joseph and a daughter Delaney.
Utah's new defensive hire also comes with impressive credentials. In two years at Houston, his secondary achieved a reputation for interceptions and accounted for 13 of the team's 14 total interceptions in 2003. In both 2003 and 2004, safety Will Gulley picked off four passes, while cornerback Stanford Routt equaled that feat in 2003.
In each of his two years at UH, Odum developed a member of the Conference USA all-Freshman squad. In 2003, cornerback Ricky Wilson made the newcomer team, followed by strong safety Rocky Schwartz this past season.
Odum went to Houston after spending three seasons coaching the defensive backs at Utah State. The Aggies were second in the Big West Conference in interceptions in 2000, and in his final season (2002), USU's pass defense improved 25 places nationally from the previous year.
At Montana from 1998-99, Odum coached for the back-to-back Big Sky Conference champions. The Grizzlies led the conference in pass efficiency defense under his direction. All of Odum's backfield starters earned all-conference recognition in 1999, including safety Vince Huntsberger as the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year.
In his two seasons as an on-field graduate assistant at Utah (he was an inside G.A. in 1994), Odum played a larger role than usual. Then-defensive coordinator Whittingham shared the coaching of the safeties in 1996 with Odum, but turned the position over to his talented G.A. in the 1997 season.
Odum's other coaching experience includes a 2002 summer internship with the Tennessee Titans, working with the secondary and linebackers.
Odum lettered at Utah from 1989-92, starting at cornerback as a freshman and junior. He was a part-time starter for Utah's 1992 Copper Bowl team. He also played centerfield for the Ute baseball team for two seasons.
A native of Irvine, Calif., Odum received a bachelor's of science degree in political science from Utah in 1993. He and his wife, the former Ania Homan, have a son, Dominic.
The following is a statement from Oregon Head Football Coach Mike Bellotti in regards to Andy Ludwig's resignation to accept the position with the University of Utah:
"We appreciate the contributions that Andy has made to the football program at the University of Oregon and wish him and his family well."
Bellotti indicated that a national search would be conducted at a later date for Oregon's offensive coordinator vacancy but offered no timetable as to the naming of Ludwig's replacement.