The face of the Utah Utes will be sticking around a little while longer.
Kyle Whiitingham, who is 104-50 in 12 years as Utah’s head football coach, signed a contract extension that will keep him at the school through the 2021 season, the university announced on Twitter Friday afternoon.
The 2008 National Coach of the Year, with a 10-1 bowl record, was already signed for the next four years, so this is essentially a restructured one-year extension.
Whittingham came to Utah in 1994 and was promoted to head coach on December 8, 2004, succeeding Urban Meyer. His first win came three weeks later when he co-coached the 2005 Fiesta Bowl with Meyer, to lead the team to a 35-7 victory over Pittsburgh.
Overall, Whittingham, who has participated in more Utah victories than any football coach in school history, has averaged nearly nine wins a season as Utah’s head coach.
|2004*||Utah||1-0||0-0 MWC||Fiesta (Pittsburgh)||W|
|2005||Utah||7-5||4-4 MWC||Emerald (Georgia Tech)||W|
|2006||Utah||8-5||5-3 MWC||Armed Forces (Tulsa)||W|
|2007||Utah||9-4||5-3 MWC||Poinsettia (Navy)||W|
|2008||Utah||13-0||8-0 MWC||Sugar (Alabama)||W|
|2009||Utah||10-3||6-2 MWC||Poinsettia (California)||W|
|2010||Utah||10-3||7-1 MWC||Las Vegas (Boise State)||L|
|2011||Utah||8-5||4-5 Pac-12||Sun (Georgia Tech)||W|
|2014||Utah||9-4||5-4 Pac-12||Las Vegas (Colorado State)||W|
|2015||Utah||10-3||6-3 Pac-12||Las Vegas (BYU)||W|
|2016||Utah||9-4||5-4 Pac-12||Foster Farms (Indiana)||W|
|Utah Career Record: 104-50|
|Conference record: 61-42|
|*Co-head coach at the 2005 Fiesta Bowl|
Press release courtesy of UtahUtes.com
SALT LAKE CITY—Kyle Whittingham, who is 104-50 in 12 years as Utah’s head football coach, recently signed a contract extension that will keep him at the school through 2021.
The 2008 National Coach of the Year, Whittingham has a 10-1 bowl record—tied for second among active coaches—and his 91-percent bowl win ratio is the best in NCAA history.
Whittingham came to Utah in 1994 as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator the following year. On December 8, 2004, he was named the school’s 20th head coach. His first victory came three weeks later when he co-coached (with Urban Meyer) the 2005 Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh.
Overall, he has averaged nearly nine wins a season as Utah’s head coach. The Utes have wins over every team in the Pac-12 Conference since joining the league in 2011 and Whittingham’s impressive non-conference resume includes a winning record against current members of the other Power Five conferences: 4-0 vs. the Big Ten, 7-1 against the ACC, 1-0 vs. the SEC and 4-3 over the Big 12.