Utah Utes football: Program hires Fred Whittingham Jr., Pablo Cano to help recruiting operations

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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 17 2012 5:43 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY —The Utah football program has expanded its recruiting operations by hiring Fred Whittingham Jr. as the director of player personnel and Pablo Cano as the assistant director of player personnel.

Whittingham, a former Academic All-America football player for Brigham Young University, will oversee all aspects of on-campus recruiting, recruiting operations, current player development, and youth and high school clinics and camps. Assisting him will be Cano (pronounced kahn-o), who has 23 years of experience as recruiting coordinator and football coach at various levels. He spent last three seasons as the on-site recruiting coordinator at Arizona State.

Whittingham joins the Ute staff after several years as a sales and marketing executive in the higher education publishing industry. He follows in the footsteps of his brother Kyle-Utah's head football coach for the past seven years and a member of Utah's coaching staff since 1994-and their late father Fred. Fred Whittingham Sr. was Utah's defensive coordinator from 1992-94 and the linebackers coach from 1998-2000.

"Fred's experience as a top performer in the sales and management field will directly translate to his duties as our director of player personnel," said Kyle Whittingham. "He brings strong leadership, management and motivational qualifications to the position and has been involved with and around football his entire life."

About Cano, Kyle Whittingham says, "Pablo has experience recruiting in the Pac-12 and his strong junior college ties will also be beneficial."

Fred Whittingham Jr. has been a sales manager with McGraw-Hill Higher Education Publishing for the past 14 years and its senior regional sales manager since 2004. His region covered universities and colleges for all states west of the Mississippi and accounted for annual sales revenues of $100 million. Whittingham won a number of performance awards in the publishing industry, which also included six years at Prentice Hall publishing.

A three-year starting running back for BYU (1987-89), Whittingham lettered as a freshman on the Cougars' 1984 national championship team. He led BYU in rushing his last three seasons and served as the team captain in 1989. A two-time academic all-conference selection and a 1990 first-team Academic All-American, Whittingham was named BYU's Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete for all sports in 1990. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in psychology with a communication minor in 1992.

Whittingham later played one season for the Los Angeles Rams' practice squad in 1990 and played in the World League of American Football in 1991 for the San Antonio Riders and as a member of the league's practice squad, Team Dallas.

His assistant Cano has coached and/or served as a recruiting coordinator in five states at three high schools, five junior colleges, three universities and one college. He was the head coach at New Mexico Highlands in 2006 and 2007.

Cano played defensive back at three different colleges as an undergraduate: Whitworth in 1986, Rio Hondo College (DB/WR) in 1989 and Cal State Hayward from 1990-91. He graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 1999.

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