Dick Harmon: Dick Harmon: Brandon Doman's longevity goals gleaned from Ron McBride

Published: Friday, Nov. 11 2011 8:25 p.m. MST

PROVO — Brandon Doman hopes to do this coaching gig for a very long time.

The energy of it, the challenge, the sleepless nights, the dynamics of putting pieces of the puzzle together and working with young men are all in his DNA.

Is he great at it?

He is learning.

Doman is gobbling up everything he can so someday he'll be the best he can be. And he's humble enough to know that takes time.

In his first season as BYU's offensive coordinator, he's switched offenses and quarterbacks within a month. He's redesigned blocking schemes and changed who has the most touches at the running back position.

In a perfect world, with 10 returning offensive starters, it should have been easier.

It wasn't.

This week, young Doman saluted retiring Weber State football coach Ron McBride, who has endured a long, productive life in the profession. He sees McBride as an example.

McBride recruited him and all his older brothers. McBride lives in the same part of town Doman grew up in and he's had a long respect and admiration for McBride because he has done what Doman wants to do: be one of the last men standing when all is said and done as a coach.

"He's a dear friend to the Doman family. He's been a great support to all of us. He recruited all of us, some more than others. We grew up in the same high school boundaries. I married a girl from his neighborhood and I saw a lot of him growing up," said Doman.

"He's a revered coach, not only by people throughout the country but by BYU people and Weber State people. He's done a heckuva job."

The link between Doman and McBride extends to both the field and locker room.

In LaVell Edwards' last game in 2000 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, it was a pair of long passes by Doman that set up the winning touchdown over Utah and McBride. That winning score was a run and dive by Doman across the goal line as time ticked away.

The following year, Doman helped trigger giant plays in the fourth quarter to etch out another win over McBride in LaVell Edwards Stadium, a 24-21 victory.

Doman is 2-0 as a starter against McBride. Both were comeback victories with big plays. Both were games Utah might have — should have — won.

Doman shared this anecdote:

"My funniest story about McBride came the next year, my rookie season in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers," says Doman. "He'd just become the linebacker coach at the University of Kentucky. One day he came out to San Francisco on a professional visit."

After practice, Doman came into the locker room and saw McBride talking to some of the coaches. He approached McBride to say hello.

"He gave me a big hug and turned to the other guys and said, 'This guy right here, over the last two years, made me realize God is Mormon."'

Doman and the others had a good laugh over the candor of the moment.

"He's a down-to-earth guy and takes this coaching profession just the right way. He and coach (LaVell) Edwards both handled it the right way with their longevity.

"To coach so many people, to have people want to play for you, well, you have to have a unique ability to handle the ups and downs, remain consistent and enjoy it. So many coaches today just wear themselves down, and everyone else around them.

"But those two guys found a way to do it as long as they did. I want to do this for a long time. And I don't want to wear myself out or wear out the players or the coaches around me. Sometimes I do that by the nature of the business now.

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