BYU hires Aaron Roderick, Fesi Sitake and Mike Pugh


PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The changes continue on the BYU offensive staff.

Cougars head football coach Kalani Sitake today announced the hiring of Aaron Roderick as the passing game coordinator and Fesi Sitake and Ryan Pugh as assistant coaches on Jeff Grimes’ offensive staff. 

Current assistant coach Steve Clark will remain on the staff to complete the available positions. BYU will hire an additional assistant coach in January. The NCAA allows schools to hire a 10th football assistant coach starting on Jan. 9, 2018. Specific position responsibilities on the staff will be announced once that position is hired. 

These moves mean Ty Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner and BYU’s offensive coordinator the past two years, will not return to the BYU coaching staff in any capacity. running backs coach Reno Mahe, offensive line coach Mike Empey and wide receivers coach Ben Cahoon will also not be retained.

A former Cougar wide receiver and graduate assistant coach, Roderick, 44, returns to Provo with 18 years of coaching experience, including seven seasons as a coordinator. Roderick previously coached at Utah, Southern Utah, Snow College and BYU.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to work at BYU and return to my alma mater,” Roderick said. “I look forward to working again with Kalani Sitake, someone I have a great deal of respect for as both a person and a coach. I am eager to work with Coach Grimes on his staff and contribute to the success of BYU football.”

“I have worked on the same staff with Aaron for 12 years, so I know first-hand how Aaron’s versatility and experience will be a tremendous asset to our staff,” Sitake said. “He brings valuable play-calling and coordinating experience and his ability to teach the game is impressive. As we all know, Aaron played here (1996-98) as well so I’m happy to welcome Aaron back to BYU.

Sitake, 31, comes to BYU with seven years of coaching experience, including five seasons as a coordinator. He joins BYU from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he was the offensive coordinator the past two years after two seasons as the Wildcats’ passing game coordinator. 

Sitake has seven years of coaching experience, including the past four seasons at Weber State. He oversaw the Wildcat offense as offensive coordinator the past two years after serving as the passing game coordinator his first two seasons in Ogden.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Cougar Nation. My father graduated from BYU, and I’ve had many family members come through this amazing institution, so it’s a surreal moment for my family and me to embark on this journey at BYU,” Fesi Sitake said. “I am so grateful for President Worthen, Vice President Richardson, Tom Holmoe and Coach Kalani Sitake for trusting me with this opportunity. I also want to thank Jerry Bovee and Coach (Jay) Hill for an incredible experience at Weber State. I’ve been around some incredible coaches in my career, and I’m excited to bring the knowledge I’ve gained to this program. I look forward to mentoring the young men I associate with and contributing to what is an already rich tradition at BYU.” 

“Fesi is one of the game’s up-and-coming young coordinators. He has done a great job with his opportunities to build a strong resume and improved his team wherever he has been. He is an excellent recruiter and excels as a mentor to his players. I’m excited to have him come to BYU and help teach the young men in our program. 

Pugh, 29, joins the staff with six years of experience, including the past two seasons as the offensive line coach at the University of Texas San Antonio. Pugh spent three seasons as a graduate assistant under Grimes at Auburn (2012), Virginia Tech (2013) and LSU (2015). He also had a graduate assistant stop at Cincinnati in 2014. 

“My wife and I are extremely grateful to Coach Sitake for the opportunity to join the Cougar football program,” Pugh said. “BYU is a national brand and iconic program with a storied history of success that I am humbled to now be a part of. I also want to thank Coach (Frank) Wilson and UTSA for a great two years in San Antonio. I cannot wait to be in Provo and get to work with the outstanding coaches and young men at BYU.”

“Ryan is an impressive young coach with great leadership qualities and a championship mindset. Jeff (Grimes) coached Ryan as a player at Auburn, where he was an All-American center. Ryan knows well what Jeff strives to accomplish as a coach, having not only played for him, but also coached alongside him already at Auburn, Virginia Tech and LSU.”

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