SALT LAKE CITY — After three seasons at BYU, wide receivers coach Guy Holliday is moving north and into the Pac-12. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham made the announcement, along with a couple of other moves on the coaching staff, Wednesday morning.
“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,” said Whittingham, who added that Lewis Powell will move from tight ends coach to defensive line coach and that Fred Whittingham Jr. is going to oversee the tight end position after serving as director of player personnel for the past four years.
“Lewis did a great job coaching the defensive line at Hawaii before joining our staff and he also played the position for us, so it should make for a seamless transition,” Whittingham said of the changes. “Freddie has been in our system for several years now and has been immersed in virtually every aspect of our program and is ready to take the next step as a position coach.
“With these moves our staff is now complete and we can turn our full attention to finishing off our 2016 recruiting class,” he continued.
Holliday has coached college football for 23 years. He’s been a wide receivers coach for 18 seasons and an offensive coordinator for six. Previous stops include: BYU (2013-15), UTEP (2008-12), Cornell (2007), Mississippi State (2003-06) and Western Michigan (2000-02).
Powell returned to his alma mater last year after spending three seasons as the defensive line coach at Hawaii. Under his direction, the Warriors ranked third nationally with 8.3 tackles for loss per game in 2013. A decade earlier, Powell led Utah to a Liberty Bowl victory over Southern Mississippi earning defensive player-of-the-game honors.
Whittingham Jr., is taking his initial coaching job. The former BYU standout is well versed with Utah football, however. He has extensive experience managing the program’s recruiting administration and organization — as well as overseeing camps and clinics, and being the team’s NFL liaison.
Earlier this week, safeties coach Morgan Scalley was named defensive coordinator in place of the retired John Pease.