PROVO — For the second time, Ben Cahoon is BYU's wide receivers coach.
Cahoon, a Canadian Football League Hall of Famer and former Cougar, coached the wide receivers at BYU from 2011-12. Coach Kalani Sitake announced Wednesday that Cahoon will oversee the receivers position on his staff.
“I’m excited to announce Ben as the receivers coach at BYU,” Sitake said in a statement. “Ben is one of the most prolific receivers in CFL history and has a great football mind. He is an excellent football tactician and teacher and is passionate about helping the young men in our program.”
Cahoon played for the Cougars from 1995-97 then enjoyed a remarkable 13-year CFL career, becoming the league’s all-time leader in receptions (1,017). He received the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian award twice and in 2014 was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
“I’m humbled and excited for the opportunity to be back at BYU,” Cahoon said. “I’m eager to work with the talented group of young men who are currently in the program and excited to hit the road and recruit athletes who will thrive in this special and unique environment. I’m committed to helping our receivers become a technically sound unit who consistently make plays on the field while reaching their potential off the field.”
When he was BYU’s receivers coach previously, Cahoon helped Cody Hoffman become the school's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns receptions. In 2012, Hoffman recorded 1,248 receiving yards.
As a player at BYU, Cahoon was an Academic All-American and team captain. After Cahoon redshirted in 1995, he played in every game as a member of the 1996 Cotton Bowl championship team that posted a 14-1 record and finished No. 5 in the nation. As a senior in 1997, Cahoon ranked No. 23 in the nation with a team-leading 931 receiving yards and 57 catches.
For the past two and a half years, Cahoon has worked as a sales representative at Arthrex, a sports medicine company in North America. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in pre-physical therapy in 1998. He and his wife, Kimberli, have four daughters: McKelle, Kylee, Camri and Hallie.
Sitake’s staff is almost complete. Last week he announced the hirings of offensive line coach Mike Empey, defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi and strength and conditioning coach Nu’u Tafisi. They join offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Ty Detmer, defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki and assistant head coach Ed Lamb, who also is going to coach the tight ends and special teams.
Sitake has not announced a running backs coach, a linebackers coach or a defensive backs coach.
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