Utah has announced their hired BYU wide receiver coach Guy Holliday to the same position. Utah also announced that tight end coach Lewis Powell will move to the defensive line coach. The coaching hires were not done there, Fred Whittingham Jr., was hired as tight end coach and recruiting coordinator. Holliday previously coached wide receivers for three seasons at BYU under former head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Powell coaches the defensive line at Hawaii for three seasons. Whittingham Jr. was the Director of Player Personnel for three seasons. Utah now no longer has any openings on its 2016 coaching staff.
The Holliday hire was not surprising given all of the rumors that have been circulating lately. Powell moving to defensive line coach also makes sense. He played defensive line at Utah and was a good defensive line coach at Hawaii. He also has familiarity with Utah's current defensive linemen.
The move that surprised me is Fred Whittingham Jr. getting promoted to tight end coach and recruiting coordinator. He was excellent in his previous role of Director of Player Personnel. Whittingham played football at BYU and was named a first-team Academic All-America football player and was BYU's Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete for all sports in 1990. With his experience as Director of Player Personnel, he has a lot of ties to NFL GMs, which may be beneficial for him on the recruiting trail.
With National Signing Day in less than a month, it is nice Utah has all of their coaching vacancies filled. What do you think of the changes to the staff?