Aaron Alford, a Ute assistant coach from 2007-10, has moved into administration as Utah's director of high school relations.
With a master's degree in education from Southern Utah and an impressive coaching portfolio, Alford seems an ideal fit for the new position.
In his first four years at Utah, he coached three all-Mountain West Conference players--defensive backs Sean Smith and Brice McCain in 2008 and running back Eddie Wide in 2009.
Smith and McCain, drafted in the second and sixth rounds, respectively, are preparing for their third NFL season. Wide rushed for 1,069 yards in 2009 and set the school record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games with six.
Alford came to Utah with a decade of coaching experience at Southern Utah (1999-2000), Western Illinois (2001), Wyoming (2002) and Akron (2004-06)--managing the secondary at all four schools, In 2003, he took a year's sabbatical from coaching to finish his master's at SUU while also serving as the school's director of athletic-academic services. He was a student coach at Colorado State in 1996 and a defensive graduate assistant at Kent State in 1998.
Alford played defensive back for Colorado State, lettering in 1993. A 1997 CSU graduate with a degree in exercise and sport, Alford taught special education students at East Middle School in Colorado Springs and served as an administrative assistant at the United States Olympic Training Center.
The native of Colorado Springs was born on July 13, 1974. He is married to the former Linda Stover. They have three children: Elijah, Max and Sam.