SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah announced Wednesday the hire of former Brigham Young University wide receivers coach Guy Holliday to complete its football coaching staff.
Holliday coached at BYU for three seasons, joining the Cougars’ coaching staff in 2013 upon the hiring of offensive coordinator Robert Anae.
“Guy Holliday has a wealth of experience at the collegiate level and is a proven commodity, both as a wide receivers coach and as a recruiter,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a prepared statement.
Holliday replaces Taylor Stubblefield, who was not retained after coaching Utah’s receivers in 2014 and 2015.
The 50-year-old coach arrives at Utah with a diverse college coaching resume. His 23 years of coaching have come at places like Mississippi State, UTEP, Cornell, Alabama State and Tuskegee.
BYU’s passing offense ranked top-25 nationally in Holliday’s last two seasons at the school. His strength for the Cougars came in recruiting, landing top receiver talent like Nick Kurtz over the likes of USC and top-flight Pac-12 Conference programs.
In addition to Holliday’s hire, the school announced assignment restructuring to complete the football staff for the coming year.
Lewis Powell will coach Utah’s defensive line after one season over the tight end position. Powell was a graduate and administrative assistant at Utah prior to coaching the defensive line at Hawai’i from 2012 to 2014.
Fred Whittingham Jr. takes over coaching tight ends in his first college coaching job. Whittingham Jr., Kyle’s brother, was Utah’s director of player personnel for the past four seasons and, as a player, is a former BYU team captain.
BYU is currently filling its coaching staff after the departure of Bronco Mendenhall to the University of Virginia. Mendenhall took most of his assistants to Virginia, though not Holliday.