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  Kyle Whittingham
Kyle Whittingham

Player Profile
Head Coach

10th Year

Alma Mater:
Brigham Young (1984)


Position Breakdown and 2013 Football Preview Part 1 - Offense

Talent runs deep on 2013 roster


White Team Wins Offensive Shootout 35-28 in Utah Spring Game

Travis Wilson throws for over 200 yards in one half of work, Karl Williams runs for over 100 yards and three touchdowns.


Karl Williams Leads Offense in Scrimmage

Run game and defense perform well.


Whittingham Pleased With First Spring Scrimmage

Utes go at it for over 100 snaps on Friday afternoon.


Dennis Erickson Hired as Co-Offensive Coordinator

Longtime coach won two national championships


Utah vs. Colorado

Utah vs. Colorado football


Utah vs. Idaho State

Utah took on Idaho State to open the 2014 football season.


Utah vs. Colorado

Utah football


Utah Football vs. No. 23 Arizona State

Utah Football vs. No. 23 Arizona State, November 9, 2013


Utah vs. USC - USATSI Gallery

Utah vs. USC - USATSI Gallery

Kyle Whittingham Photo Gallery

Year at Utah: 10th
Career Record: 76-39
Bowl Record: 7-1*
*Includes 2005 Fiesta Bowl

Kyle Whittingham, the 2008 National Coach of the Year, has participated in more Utah victories than any football coach in school history. Whittingham, who enters his 10th year as Utah's head coach with a 76-39 record, has contributed to 161 victories in 20 total seasons on the staff.

On December 8, 2004, he was named the school's 20th head coach. His first victory came less than a month later when he co-coached (with Urban Meyer) the 2005 Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh. His first regular-season victory was against Arizona in the 2005 season opener. He came to Utah in 1994 as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1995.

Utah has registered three 10-win seasons in Whittingham's first nine years as the head coach--in 2008, 2009 and 2010--earning final national rankings of No. 2 in 2008 (Associated Press), No. 18 in 2009 (A.P. and Coaches) and No. 23 in 2010 (Coaches).

Whittingham, who has compiled a 7-1 bowl record (2-0 in BCS bowls) as the head coach, is the only person in the program who was involved in all of Utah's nine-consecutive bowl wins from 1999-2009, which tied for the second-longest bowl win streak in NCAA history. He was the head coach for six of those wins and the defensive coordinator for the first three. Whittingham's Sun Bowl victory over Georgia Tech in 2011 was the first bowl win for the new Pac-12 Conference.

In 2008, Whittingham engineered the best season in Utah football history when the Utes finished 13-0 and routed Alabama--a team that had spent five weeks at No. 1--in the Sugar Bowl. Utah finished the season with a No. 2 A.P. ranking and Whittingham was recognized as the National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards committee.

The country's only undefeated FBS team in 2008, Utah beat four top-25 teams--two that finished in the top 10. In addition to his national awards, Whittingham was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year.

In their first season in the Pac-12 Conference in 2011, the Utes were in contention for a berth in the league championship game until the final week of the regular season. They bounced back to beat Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl and finish with an 8-5 record. The 2012 Utes finished strong, winning three of their final five Pac-12 games. The highlight of the 2013 season was a win over No. 5 Stanford and Utah went 3-0 in non-conference play, sweeping the in-state schools and improving Whittingham's record against BYU to 6-3.

Whittingham has a solid reputation for developing NFL players and Utah was one of six Pac-12 schools with at least 25 players on NFL rosters in 2013. As an assistant or head coach, he has had 57 players make NFL rosters, including 31 NFL draft picks (eight first or second-round selections) and 26 undrafted free agents. A school-record six Utes were drafted in 2010, which was tied for fourth in the nation that year.

His players have also earned numerous collegiate awards. Whittingham has coached nine All-Americans--among them seven first-team selections and two second-team honorees. First-team All-Americans were Luther Elliss (1994, consensus defensive lineman), Eric Weddle (2006, consensus defensive back), Louie Sakoda (2007, punter; 2008, unanimous consensus place kicker), Zane Beadles (2009, offensive line), Shaky Smithson (2010, punt returner), Star Lotulelei (2012, defensive tackle) and Reggie Dunn (2012, kick returner). His second-team All-Americans were Morgan Scalley (2004, defensive back) and Caleb Schlauderaff (2010, offensive line).

Whittingham's players have won 58 first-team all-conference awards. In Utah's first three seasons in the Pac-12, Utah has had six first-team all-conference players, among them two-time honoree Star Lotulelei (2011-12). Lotulelei won the 2011 Morris Award as the Pac-12's best defensive lineman and went onto become a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Utah's first-team All-Pac-12 picks to date are Tony Bergstrom (2011), Derrick Shelby (2011), Reggie Dunn (2012), Lotulelei (2011, 2012), Trevor Reilly (2013) and Tom Hackett (2013).

Before joining the Pac-12, Whittingham coached a Mountain West Conference MVP every year from 2004-08: Defensive Players of the Year Scalley (2004) and Weddle (2005 and 2006), Special Teams MVP Sakoda (2006, 2007, 2008), and Offensive MVP Brian Johnson (2008).

Utah has also excelled academically under Whittingham. Since he became head coach in 2005, his players have won three Academic All-America citations and 163 academic all-conference awards.

Whittingham began his coaching career in 1985-86 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Brigham Young. He spent one season as the defensive coordinator at the College of Eastern Utah in 1987, before a six-year stint at Idaho State (1988-93).

A linebacker for Brigham Young from 1978-81, Whittingham earned first-team all-WAC and WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1981. He played in the first four Holiday Bowls and was named Defensive MVP of the 1981 game. In 2008, he was inducted into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame. After his senior season, Whittingham played in the Hula and Japan Bowls. He played professionally with the Denver Broncos (1982 training camp) and the U.S. Football League's (USFL) Denver Gold (1983) and New Orleans Breakers (1984). He played on the Los Angeles Rams' replacement squad in 1987.

Whittingham graduated from BYU in 1984 and added a master's degree from the school in 1987. Born November 21, 1959, he was raised in Provo, Utah. He is married to the former Jamie Daniels. They have four children: Tyler, Melissa, Alex and Kylie. Tyler played for the Utes from 2009-11 and Alex is currently a redshirt freshman for the Utes.

Year School Record Conf. BOWL GAME RESULT
2004* Utah 1-0 0-0 MWC Fiesta (Pittsburgh) W
2005 Utah 7-5 4-4 MWC Emerald (Georgia Tech) W
2006 Utah 8-5 5-3 MWC Armed Forces (Tulsa) W
2007 Utah 9-4 5-3 MWC Poinsettia (Navy) W
2008 Utah 13-0 8-0 MWC Sugar (Alabama) W
2009 Utah 10-3 6-2 MWC Poinsettia (California) W
2010 Utah 10-3 7-1 MWC Las Vegas (Boise State) L
2011 Utah 8-5 4-5 Pac-12 Sun (Georgia Tech) W
2012 Utah 5-7 3-6 Pac-12
2013 Utah 5-7 2-7 Pac-12
Utah Career Record: 76-39 Pac-12 Record: 9-18
Conference record: 44-31 Bowl Record: 7-1
*Co-head coach at the 2005 Fiesta Bowl
Air Force 5-1
Alabama 1-0
Arizona 2-2
Arizona State 0-3
Boise State 0-2
Brigham Young 6-3
California 2-1
Colorado 2-1
Colorado State 5-1
Georgia Tech 2-0
Iowa State 1-0
Louisville 2-0
Michigan 1-0
Montana State 1-0
Navy 1-0
New Mexico 4-2
North Carolina 0-1
Northern Arizona 1-0
Northern Colorado 1-0
Notre Dame 0-1
Oregon 0-2
Oregon State 2-3
Pittsburgh 3-0
San Diego State 5-1
San Jose State 2-0
Stanford 1-0
TCU 3-3
Tulsa 1-0
UCLA 2-3
UNLV 5-1
USC 0-3
Utah State 6-1
Washington 0-2
Washington State 2-1
Weber State 1-0
Wyoming 5-1
TOTALS 76-39


1994-present Utah
2005- Head Coach
2014- Head Coach
Special Teams Coordinator
2005-13 Head Coach
2001-04 Defensive Coordinator
1998-2000 Defensive Coordinator
1997 Defensive Coordinator
1995-96 Defensive Coordinator
1994 Defensive Line
1988-93 Idaho State
1992-93 Defensive Coordinator
1988-91 Linebackers/Special Teams
1987 College of Eastern Utah
Defensive Coordinator
1985-86 Brigham Young
Graduate Assistant

Player NFL Team Position
Matt Asiata Minnesota (free agent) Running Back
Zane Beadles Denver (2nd round), Jacksonville Offensive Line
Blaine Berger Arizona (free agent) Defensive Tackle
Tony Bergstrom Oakland (3rd round) Offensive Line
Conroy Black Oakland (free agent) Defensive Back
Jesse Boone Cincinnati (free agent) Offensive Line
Andy Bowers Arizona(free agent) Defensive End
Sam Brenner Miami (free agent) Offensive Line
Freddie Brown Cincinnati (7th round), Minnesota Wide Receiver
Martail Burnett Minnesota (free agent), San Francisco Defensive End
Brandon Burton Minnesota (5th round), Buffalo, Cincinnati Cornerback
Anthony Denham Houston (free agent) Tight End
Reggie Dunn Pittsburgh (free agent), New England Wide Receiver
Andre Dyson Tennessee (2nd round),Seattle, N.Y. Jets Defensive Back
Luther Elliss Detroit (1st round), Denver Defensive Line
Jonathan Fanene Cincinnati (7th round) Defensive Line
Steve Fifita Miami (free agent), New England Defensive Line
Tevita Finau Philadelphia (free agent), N.Y. Jets Defensive Line
John Frank Philadelphia (6th round) Defensive Line
Quinton Ganther Tennessee (7th round), Washington, Seattle, Buffalo Running Back
Phil Glover Tennessee (7th round), Indianapolis Linebacker
Robert Johnson Tennessee (5th round) Defensive Back
Ma'ake Kemoeatu Baltimore (free agent), Carolina, Washington, Baltimore Defensive Line
Joe Kruger Philadelphia (7th round) Defensive Line
Paul Kruger Baltimore (2nd round) Defensive Line
Travis LaTendresse Kansas City (free agent) Wide Receiver
Star Lotulelei Carolina (1st round) Defensive Tackle
John Madsen Oakland (free agent), Cleveland Tight End
Brice McCain Houston (6th round), Pittsburgh Defensive Back
Keith McGill Oakland(4th round) Defensive Back
Bronzell Miller St. Louis Rams (7th Round), Jacksonville Defensive End
Koa Misi Miami (2nd round) Defensive End
Jake Murphy Oakland(free agent) Tight End
Tenny Palepoi San Diego (free agent) Defensive Line
Arnold Parker Seattle (free agent) Defensive Back
Sione Pouha N.Y. Jets (3rd round) Defensive Line
Brett Ratliff N.Y. Jets (free agent), Cleveland, Tampa Bay Quarterback
David Reed Baltimore (5th round), Indianapolis, San Francisco Wide Receiver
Trevor Reilly N.Y. Jets (7th round) Linebacker
Antwoine Sanders Baltimore (7th round), Miami Defensive Back
Lauvale Sape Buffalo (6th round), Oakland Tennessee Defensive Line
Josh Savage Tampa Bay (free agent), Atlanta, Tennessee, New Orleans Defensive Line
Caleb Schlauderaff Green Bay (6th round), N.Y. Jets Offensive Line
Richard Seals N.Y. Jets (7th round), New Orleans, Buffalo Defensive Line
Derrick Shelby Miami (free agent) Defensive Line
Sealver Siliga Denver (free agent), New England Defensive Line
Sean Smith Miami (2nd round), Kansas City Defensive Back
Paul Soliai Miami (4th round), Atlanta Defensive Line
R.J. Stanford Carolina (5th round), Miami, Cincinnati Defensive Back
Tevita Stevens Washington (free agent) Offensive Line
Stevenson Sylvester Pittsburgh (5th round) Linebacker
Pene Talamaivao Buffalo (free agent), San Diego Defensive Line
Kelly Talavou Atlanta (free agent), Baltimore Defensive Line
Spencer Toone Tennessee (7th round) Linebacker
LT Tuipulotu New England (free agent) Defensive Line
Eric Weddle San Diego (2nd round) Defensive Back
Karl Williams Oakland (free agent) Running Back
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