BYU football coach Kalani Sitake filled out his offensive coaching staff on Wednesday, announcing the hiring of Aaron Roderick as the passing game coordinator and Fesi Sitake and Ryan Pugh as assistant coaches, joining new offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.
Current assistant coach Steve Clark will remain the lone holdover from the 2017 offensive staff, meaning former offensive coordinator Ty Detmer, running backs coach Reno Mahe, offensive line coach Mike Empey and receivers coach Ben Cahoon will not return in any capacity.
BYU will hire an additional assistant coach in January. The NCAA allows schools to hire a 10th football assistant coach starting on Jan. 9, 2018. Specific position responsibilities on the staff will be announced once that position is hired.
Roderick, a former BYU receiver, was a longtime assistant and one-time offensive coordinator for Utah, spending many seasons on Kyle Whittingham’s staff with Kalani Sitake. He returns to Provo with 18 years of coaching experience and is the most high-profile name joining the Cougar staff.
“I have worked on the same staff with Aaron for 12 years, so I know first-hand how Aaron’s versatility and experience will be a tremendous asset to our staff,” Kalani Sitake said in a news release. “He brings valuable play-calling and coordinating experience and his ability to teach the game is impressive. As we all know, Aaron played here (1996-98) as well so I’m happy to welcome Aaron back to BYU.
Sitake, 31, comes to BYU with seven years of coaching experience,including five seasons as a coordinator. He joins BYU from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he was the offensive coordinator thepast two years after two seasons as the Wildcats’ passing game coordinator.
“Fesi is one of the game’s up-and-coming young coordinators. He has done a great job with his opportunities to build a strong resume and improved his team wherever he has been,” Kalani Sitake said. “He is an excellent recruiter and excels as a mentor to his players. I’m excited to have him come to BYU and help teach the young men in our program.
Pugh, 29, joins the staff with six years of experience, including the past two seasons as the offensive line coach at the University of Texas San Antonio. Pugh spent three seasons as a graduate assistant under Grimes at Auburn (2012), Virginia Tech (2013) and LSU (2015). He alsohad a graduate assistant stop at Cincinnati in 2014.
“Ryan is an impressive young coach with great leadership qualities and a championship mindset. Jeff [Grimes] coached Ryan as a player at Auburn, where he was an All-American center. Ryan knows well what Jeff strives to accomplish as a coach, having not only played for him, but also coached alongside him already at Auburn, Virginia Tech and LSU.”
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