Zach Nyborg
To be able to join the BYU football program, work with coach Mendenhall and come home is an opportunity that I could not pass up. —Zach Nyborg

PROVO — BYU has hired a new director of football operations.

Coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Monday that hired Zach Nyborg, who spent last season in the same role at the University of Wisconsin.

Nyborg, a BYU alum, replaces Duane Busby, who retired from BYU last month.

“Zach is an individual of high moral values and character who brings experience, knowledge and innovative thinking to a position that is of utmost importance to a football program,” Mendenhall said in a statement. “He will play a significant role in the continued success of our program.”

Before joining Gary Andersen's staff at Wisconsin, Nyborg served as the director of football operations for three years at Utah State.

“I am ready to get to work and excited to be a part of the BYU football family,” Nyborg said. “This is the right fit for me, and I am grateful to Coach Mendenhall and Tom Holmoe for the opportunity to be a part of the great tradition of BYU football and to begin building relationships with the players, coaches and staff.”

At Wisconsin, Nyborg was responsible for day-to-day operations of the program, including team schedules, travel, practice preparation, the football budget and supervising the Badgers' recruiting and support staff. Nyborg expressed his gratitude for Andersen's role in helping him in his career.

“I would not be here today without Coach Andersen,” Nyborg said. “He has been a father figure, true friend and a tremendous mentor and leader that has given me every opportunity to succeed. The Andersen family is family to me. I am grateful to Coach Andersen, the staffs at Wisconsin and Utah State and their families for letting me be a part of their football family and for the special moments we have shared.”

Nyborg, a Centerville native, graduated from BYU's Marriott School of Management in 2011 and is completing a master's degree in physical and sport education from Utah State. Nyborg was a three-sport athlete at Viewmont High School, and he served a missionary in Knoxville, Tenn.

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“To be able to join the BYU football program, work with coach Mendenhall and come home is an opportunity that I could not pass up,” Nyborg said. “I look forward to contributing to the mission of BYU football in being flag bearers of Brigham Young University by helping change young men into men through academic, social, spiritual and athletic excellence. I hope to be able to use my sphere of influence to help make a difference and help the program get to an elite level of competition in the current world of college football while adhering to the core values and mission of BYU football, Brigham Young University and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”