Zips Nation is reporting that Aaron Alford, the cornerbacks coach for the Akron Zips, has accepted a position with the University of Utah. Alford replaces tight ends coach Jay Boulware, who was named the running backs coach at Iowa State University.
Here's Alford's profile from Go Zips.Com
Former Colorado State defensive back Aaron Alford is in his third season as the Zips' cornerbacks coach.
Alford has helped mold a pair of two-year starting cornerbacks in Reggie Corner and Dionte Henry who both picked off a pair of passes each of the last two seasons.
Alford had to deal key injuries in the secondary in 2005 when both starting safeties, Chevin Pace and Dion Elie, were lost midway through the year.
With Henry moving to rover, Alford used untested Davanzo Tate and Brandon Anderson more extensively with impressive results.
The Zips were one of the top pass defenses in the nation in 2005, ending the campaign 16th in the NCAA (180.85 ypg).
Alford came to Akron from Southern Utah, where he served as an academic coordinator in the athletics department after receiving his graduate degree in secondary education from the school in August 2003.
In 2002, Alford served as the defensive secondary coach at Wyoming under former UA associate head coach and linebackers mentor Matt Wallerstedt (now at Kansas State), and held the same position at Western Illinois during the 2001 campaign. He also served a two-year coaching stint at Southern Utah during the 1999-2000 seasons. Alford tutored cornerbacks during those two years and was a defensive graduate assistant at nearby Kent State during the 1998 season.
Alford graduated from Colorado State in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in education with an emphasis on exercise and sports science. While at CSU, Alford was a letterwinning defensive back on the Rams football team in 1993, as well as serving as a student coach during the 1996 campaign after his eligibility had been exhausted.
After graduation, Alford accepted a position at East Middle School in Colorado Springs as an educational assistant, working with special education students. He then moved on to serve as an administrative assistant at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 1998.
Alford, 30, is a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., where he graduated from Doherty High School. He and his wife Linda, have three children, Elijah (7), Max (2) and Sam (2).