PROVO — BYU football’s coaching staff continues to take shape as the school announced the hire of Ben Cahoon as wide receivers coach Wednesday.
Cahoon marks a continued focus on BYU alumni for head coach Kalani Sitake. Six of the currently announced eight coaches, including Sitake, are BYU alums.
Cahoon also joins Mike Empey, the Cougars’ new offensive line coach, as former BYU coaches returning to coach at the school.
The former BYU receiver coached the same position for the Cougars in 2011 and 2012, and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
“Ben is one of the most prolific receivers in (Canadian Football League) history and has a great football mind,” Sitake said in a statement. “He is an excellent football tactician and teacher and is passionate about helping the young men in our program.”
Empey coached offensive line and tight ends at BYU from 2000 to 2004 and was recently hired to again coach offensive line at the school.
As a BYU player, Cahoon played in every game of the school’s historic 1996 season, a team that went 14-1 and finished ranked No. 5 in the country. The following year, as a senior, Cahoon caught 57 catches for 931 yards and became known as one of the most sure-handed receivers to play at BYU.
Cahoon went onto a historic 13-year professional career in the CFL where became the league’s all-time receptions leader with 1,017.
“I’m humbled and excited for the opportunity to be back at BYU,” Cahoon said in a statement. “I’m eager to work with the talented group of young men who are currently in the program and excited to hit the road and recruit athletes who will thrive in this special and unique environment.”
Since coaching at BYU in 2012, Cahoon has worked as a sales representative at a sports medicine company.