Weber State Football 28 - 081118 Colton Swan

Weber State assistant coach Colton Swan looks on as linebacker Winston Reid (43) participates in drills during practice Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at Stewart Stadium in Ogden.

One of Weber State football’s biggest mainstays has moved on to a new chapter in his coaching career.

Colton Swan, a 15-year assistant coach, was hired by the University of Utah to coach linebackers, the Utes announced Monday.

The move ends a 20-year run for Swan in the program, playing under or coaching with five head coaches at WSU.

“I am thankful for the opportunity (Kyle) Whittingham has given me and I am excited to be part of such a great program and great coaching staff,” Swan said in a release from Utah. “While Weber State has been home to me for 20 years and I can’t say enough good things about the city, school, players and coach Jay Hill, the opportunity to coach at Utah was one I just couldn’t pass up.”

Swan, an Idaho native, walked on at Weber State in 1999, eventually earning a scholarship as a junior and started on defense in 2002 and 2003, totaling 109 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception as a senior.

He joined the coaching staff for the 2004 season and, over 15 years, coached tight ends, safeties, linebackers and was co-defensive coordinator. For the past two seasons, Swan coached inside linebackers and was special teams coordinator.

“He has a track record of success coaching several positions, most notably linebacker, as well as being an accomplished special teams coach,” Whittingham said in the release. “His demeanor and coaching style are a good fit for our program and we are excited to have him join our staff.”

Swan, 38, becomes at least the fifth WSU assistant to be hired at BYU or Utah after coaching under Jay Hill, joining Steve Clark, Justin Ena, Fesi Sitake and Preston Hadley. Swan replaces Ena at Utah, who left the Utes to be defensive coordinator at Utah State.

Former WSU and current NFL linebacker Tre’von Johnson tweeted Utah is “getting a good one!” and Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley tweeted: “So fired up to have this man on board!! Great teacher, tough as nails, and is all about the players!!”

National Signing Day is one month away, Feb. 6.

WILDCATS FINISH NO. 6

After a second-straight appearance in the FCS Playoffs quarterfinals, Weber State (10-3) was voted No. 6 in the final STATS FCS poll for the 2018 season.

The Wildcats finished 2017 ranked No. 5 and are 21-4 against FCS teams in the last two seasons. Both final-season rankings eclipse the previous program best No. 9, where WSU finished in 2008.

North Dakota State, which won its seventh national title in eight seasons, finished No. 1 and national runner-up Eastern Washington was No. 2.

Maine, who ousted Weber from the playoffs, finished No. 4. In the Big Sky, UC Davis was voted No. 7 and Montana State No. 17.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @bhein3/@WeberHQ and at facebook.com/WeberStateSports.

Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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