2012 Preview: Coaches

Taking a look at the coaches on staff at Utah as they head into 2012

Head Coach

Kyle Whittingham
8th Year
Career Record- 66-25
Bowl Record- 7-1

Is there a better head coach in the Pac 12? You'll be hard pressed to find one. Kyle Whittingham has taken Utah to heights never seen in the program, reeling off winning records in each of his seven years at the helm, three 10 win seasons, and a Sugar Bowl berth and victory in 2008. A BYU grad, Whittingham has embodied a Ute culture based on integrity, honesty, hard work, dedication, and excellence that has rubbed off on his coaches, players, the administration, and fans. Whittingham has set a standard that getting to a bowl game isn't enough. Utah football expects to compete for conference championships on a yearly basis and that's a testament to the culture created by Kyle Whittingham, who has become the embodiment of a 'Utah Man.'

Defensive Coaches

Defensive Coordinator- Kalani Sitake

Position Coaches- Morgan Scalley – Safeties, Chad Kauha'aha'a – Defensive Line, Sharrieff Shah – Cornerbacks

Coach Sitake has built what some believe is the best defensive unit in the Pac-12 and expectations for his group couldn't be higher this year. Athletic Directors around the country have taken notice of Sitake as his name has recently begun popping up as a candidate for open head coaching positions and it probably won't be long before Sitake, like Gary Anderson before him, takes advantage of one of those opportunities. Luckily he has a great staff behind him in experienced coaches Morgan Scalley, Chad K, and Sharrieff Shah, and together this group can coach a defense with the best of them.

Offensive Coaches

Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks- Brian Johnson

Position Coaches- Jay Hill- Running Backs, Aaron Roderick- Wide Receivers, Dan Finn- Offensive Line, Ilaisa Tuiaki- Fullbacks/Tight Ends

This is a polarizing group of guys. Starting with the man running the show, 25 year old Brian Johnson, who was hired in February, this group is somewhat untested. Brian Johnson is the youngest coordinator in college football, and has many fans excited, and a fair share of fans concerned about him running the show with his lack of experience. Along with BJ, 2 new members joined the staff this offseason, Dan Finn and Ilaisa Tuiaki. Both coaches seem to be well-liked by the players, and have been working hard since day 1 of arriving on campus. The two vets of the staff are Jay Hill and Aaron Roderick who coach the skilled positions. Mixing Brian Johnson's youth and smarts with Aaron Roderick's experience and wisdom could lead to a potent offense. The one thing that is certain out of this coaching group is all eyes will be on Coach Brian Johnson in his first season calling the shots.

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