Kyle Whittingham, the 2008 National Coach of the Year, has participated in more Utah victories than any football coach in school history. As an assistant and head coach, Whittingham has participated in 170 victories in his 20 years at Utah. Eighty-five of those (85-43) have come in 10 years as the head coach.
Whittingham has been almost unbeatable in bowl games and is tied with John Robinson (USC/UNLV) for the best bowl winning percentage of any coach in NCAA history with a .889 mark. The two have identical 8-1 bowl records and the NCAA minimum is seven wins.
Whittingham is the only person who was involved in all of Utahs nine-consecutive bowl wins from 1999-2009, which tied the second-longest bowl win streak in NCAA history. He was the head coach for six of those wins and the defensive coordinator for the first three.
Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs
Dennis Erickson, who amassed a 179-96-1 record and won two national championships in 23 seasons as a head college coach, is now in his third year as a Utah assistant. In the offseason, Erickson, who coaches the running backs, was promoted to assistant head coach.
Erickson helped develop junior college transfer Devontae Booker into one of the nations best running backs a year ago. Booker, a first-team All-Pac-12 pick in his first NCAA season, rushed for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was also appointed to the All-Pac-12 Academic first team.
Erickson joined the Utah staff in 2013 as the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach after coming out of a “retirement” that lasted just a single season.
Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
John Pease is back on the sidelines as a full-time Utah assistant coach after being lured out of retirement for a second time by head coach Kyle Whittingham.
Pease, in his first year as Utahs defensive coordinator, will also coach the defensive line, as he did in 2009 and 2010 as Utahs assistant head coach. Pease has previous experience as an NFL defensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2001-02.
Pease initially retired from coaching in 2005 after nearly two decades as an NFL assistant coach (1986-2005), preceded by 15 years as a college assistant coach (1968-82). In 2009, he came out of retirement to become Utahs defensive line coach. After two seasons – during which time he coached current NFL starters Koa Misi and Sealver Siliga – he retired again.
Aaron Roderick, who has played a key role in Utahs game planning as one of the original members of Kyle Whittinghams staff, was appointed the co-offensive coordinator in February. He will also coach the quarterbacks for the second year after nine years with the wide receivers.
It is Rodericks second stint as Utahs co-offensive coordinator and comes after a season as the passing game coordinator. In 2010, with Roderick as the co-offensive coordinator, Utah finished 23rd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 33.1 points a game. He called plays down from the press box in both 2009 and 2010 and will resume that role this fall.
In his first year as Utahs quarterbacks coach, Rodericks primary starter, Travis Wilson, completed 60.7 (190-313) of his passes for 2,170 yards and 18 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Wilson was named the Las Vegas Bowl Most Valuable Player. Roderick also mentored transfer quarterback Kendal Thompson in 2014. Thompson was 1-1 as the starter before a season-ending injury.
Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
After just one season as a Utah assistant, Jim Harding was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in February. He retains his duties as the offensive line coach.
Harding has previous experience as an FBS offensive coordinator, serving as the co-offensive coordinator at Wyoming in 2013. The Cowboys finished 22nd in the country in total offense that season, averaging 472.8 yards a game.
In his first year as Utahs offensive line coach in 2014, the Utes finished third in the Pac-12 Conference in rushing yards per game (190.4) while blocking for first-team All-Pac-12 running back Devontae Booker. Bookers 1,512 rushing yards ranked second in a season in school history and he finished second in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game (116.3).
Special Teams Coordinator/Safeties
Morgan Scalley, Utahs eighth-year safeties coach, undertakes his first season as the special teams coordinator in 2015. He continues to serve as the teams recruiting coordinator as well, a position he has held since 2009.
Scalley, a second-team All-America safety for Utahs 2004 Fiesta Bowl team, is in his 10th year overall on the staff, having first apprenticed as an administrative assistant in 2006 and a graduate assistant working with the linebackers in 2007.
He has tutored some of the best safeties in the conference in his first seven years. Robert Johnson was a first-team all-Mountain West Conference selection in 2009 and a fifth-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans. Brian Blechen and Eric Rowe began their careers as Freshman All-Americans and earned all-Pac-12 honorable mention honors in 2014.
Having successfully transitioned from law practice to football practice, Sharrieff Shah-in his fourth year coaching Utahs cornerbacks-was cited by ESPN.com in June 2014 as one of “10 coaches who adapt and thrive.”,
Last fall, Shah helped three-year starting safety Eric Rowe make a transition of his own into one of the best corners in the Pac-12 Conference, while Dominique Hatfield successfully moved from wide receiver to defensive back.
Rowe had an honorable mention all-conference season in 2014 and was one of the top performers at the 2015 NFL Combine. Hatfield played just one game at receiver before moving into the starting lineup at cornerback and his nine pass breakups was second on the team only to Rowes 13. They helped Utah finish second in the Pac-12 in passing defense in 2014.
Taylor Stubblefield, a former consensus All-American and an NCAA record-setting wide receiver during his playing days, is in his second season as Utahs receivers coach.
In eight overall seasons as a receivers coach at the NCAA level, Stubblefield has acquired a diverse geographical coaching portfolio, having worked in the Southeast, Northwest, Midwest and Rocky Mountain region.
The Yakima, Wash., natives coaching timeline began at Central Washington in 2007, followed by stints at Eastern Michigan (as a graduate assistant in 2008), Illinois State (2009-10), Central Michigan (2011), New Mexico (2012) and Wake Forest (2013).
Justin Ena, a seven-year veteran of college coaching, was hired on Feb. 2, 2015 to coach the Utah linebackers. Ena (pronounced eh-nuh) played four seasons in the NFL from 2002-05 before embarking on a coaching career.
He spent the 2014 season as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Weber State following six years as an assistant coach at Southern Utah (2008-13) – the last four as the defensive coordinator.
Under Ena, SUU finished second in the Big Sky Conference in total defense and third in scoring defense in 2013. In 2012, SUU led the conference and ranked fifth in the FCS in turnover margin. In 2011, SUUs last year in the Great West Conference, the T-Birds ranked 19th in the FCS in pass defense and their 2.82 sacks per game ranked 13th in the nation.
After a three-year absence, Lewis Powell returned to his alma mater in February to coach Utahs tight ends. Powell, the defensive line coach at Hawaii from 2012-14, is in his first year as a full-time Utah coach. In 2011, he served as a Utah football administrative assistant and from 2009-10, he was a graduate assistant coach.
In his three seasons at Hawaii, the Rainbow Warriors showed steady improvement on defense and ranked third in the nation in tackles for loss per game (8.3) in 2013. Hawaii improved 33 places nationally in total defense from 2013 to 2014.
Powell coached two second-team all-Mountain West Conference defensive linemen at Hawaii -Beau Yap in 2013 and Paipai Falemalu in 2012 – while also earning a reputation as a talented recruiter.
Football Operations Director
Ninth-year Director of Football Operations Jeff Rudy is involved with almost every aspect of the program that occurs outside the sidelines. Coordinating the logistics of the football program and overseeing the football budget are his two primary responsibilities, but Rudy also assists with recruiting, team travel, camps and clinics, marketing and public relations, special functions and administrative projects.
Rudy, who was involved every step of the way with the construction of the Spence & Cleone Eccles Football Center that opened in the summer of 2013, is in his 10th year overall at Utah having spent the 2005 season as a program assistant.
Before joining the Utah staff, Rudy was the athletics director and offensive coordinator at Ontario High School in California from 2003-05. He coached the offensive line at Chaffey College from 2000-03, during which time the team played in the Southern California Bowl three times (2000-02). From 1998-00, Rudy coached the offensive line at Bonita High School (Calif.), helping the team to the 1999 C.I.F. state championship. In 1997, he was an assistant coach at Cedar High School in Utah.
Fred Whittingham, Jr.
Director of Player Personnel
Fred Whittingham Jr. is in his third year as the Director of Player Personnel for the Ute football program. Whittinghams duties include managing all aspects of recruiting administration and organization, directing camps and clinics, and serving as the NFL liaison for the team.
A former first-team Academic All-America football player for Brigham Young University, Whittingham was a team captain, a two-time academic all-conference selection and was named BYUs Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete for all sports in 1990. He graduated from BYU with a bachelors degree in psychology and a minor in communications.
Whittingham played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams practice squad in 1990 and in the World League of American Football in 1991 for the San Antonio Riders and as a member of the Team Dallas practice squad.