PROVO

— Pete Witbeck, the right hand man of BYU athletic directors Glen

Tuckett, Rondo Fehlberg and Val Hale, died here Wednesday. He was 81.

Witbeck

spent a 47-year career at BYU which included an assignment as assistant

basketball coach to Stan Watts and ended as a senior associate athletic

director.

He served as the BYU

athletic department's NCAA compliance officer, game manager and during

football he was often working as the get-back coach on the sidelines,

keeping players and coaches within the box. He was instrumental in

planning an executing many facets of BYU's sports programs the past 25

years.

A native of Canada, Witbeck

received his bachelor's and master's degrees at BYU and became a

faculty member in the university's department of physical education. He

worked as BYU's freshman basketball coach and accepted a full-time

assistant coaching job with Watts in 1962 where he worked with the

offense and recruiting coordinator.

He

enjoyed fitness and exercise and could be seen jogging around Provo,

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working out in the Smith Fieldhouse or running in the pool in the

training room on campus as recent as this winter.

Witbeck is a member of BYU's athletic Hall of Fame. Funeral services will be announced by Berg Mortunary.


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