University of Utah

Utah Hires BYU WR Coach Guy Holliday; Whit Jr., Powell Shift Roles

Utah Football announced the hiring of BYU wide receivers coach Guy Holliday to the same position on Wednesday. Lewis Powell will also move from coaching the tight ends to the defensive line, and Fred Whittingham, Jr. will now coach the tight ends after spending the last four years as director of player personnel.

SALT LAKE CITY—Utah Football announced the hiring of BYU wide receivers coach Guy Holliday to the same position on Wednesday. Lewis Powell will also move from coaching the tight ends to the defensive line, and Fred Whittingham, Jr. will now coach the tight ends after spending the last four years as director of player personnel.

Holliday has coached college football for 23 years, and has coached wide receivers for 18 years. He has also spent six years as an offensive coordinator. He spent the last three seasons at BYU. Other FBS stops have included UTEP, Mississippi State, and Western Michigan.

“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 Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, according to a press release.

Lewis Powell played on the defensive line at Utah from 2001-03, and was the 2003 Liberty Bowl Defensive Player of the Game. He coached three seasons at Hawaii before joining Utah’s staff in 2015 to coach the tight ends. “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.

This is Fred Whittingham Jr.’s first coaching job, though he has been the director of player personnel for four years. “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,” Kyle Whittingham said.

Whittingham said that is the end of staff moves for the Utes. There are vacancies for positions as recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator, but those positions are expected to be filled in-house.


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