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Editor’s Note: This is a press release from Brigham Young University.

BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake announced Thursday the hiring of Jernaro Gilford as cornerbacks coach, Reno Mahe as running backs coach and Tevita Ofahengaue as director of recruiting operations.

The hires complete Sitake’s coaching staff following his hire on Dec. 19, 2015.

Gilford, a former BYU cornerback from 1999 to 2003, joins the staff after spending the previous two seasons at Southern Utah coaching the secondary.

Mahe, another BYU alum, returns to the school after an NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played running back and served as a return specialist for the Eagles. Mahe led the NFL in punt return average in 2005 and played in Super Bowl XXXIX as a member of the 2004 NFC Championship team.

Mahe serves on the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors and most recently was an offensive coach at Brighton High School.


Ofahengaue joins BYU’s staff as the director of recruiting operations after spending the past five years working as vice president of the AIGA Foundation, a non-profit group that helps Polynesian athletes get scholarship opportunities.

Ofahengaue played tight end at BYU from 1997 to 2000 and spent two seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the 2001 NFL Draft.

Sitake also specified position responsibilities for assistant coaches. Offensive coordinator Ty Detmer will coach quarterbacks, Mike Empey offensive line, Ben Cahoon receivers, Steve Clark tight ends and Mahe running backs. Assistant head coach Ed Lamb will serve as special teams coordinator and safeties coach, defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki will coach linebackers, Steve Kaufusi defensive line and Gilford cornerbacks.

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