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  Morgan Scalley
Morgan  Scalley

Player Profile
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

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Utah (2004)


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Defensive Coordinator
9th Year

Coaching Experience

2008- Utah
2016- Defensive Coordinator
2015 Special Teams Coordinator
Recruiting Coordinator
2009-14 Safeties
Recruiting Coordinator
2008 Safeties
2006-07 Utah
2007 Graduate Assistant
2006 Administrative Assistant

Bowl Experience

2015 Las Vegas Bowl
2014 Las Vegas Bowl
2011 Sun Bowl
2010 Las Vegas Bowl
2009 Poinsettia Bowl
2009 (2008) Sugar Bowl
2007 Poinsettia Bowl
2006 Armed Forces Bowl

Morgan Scalley was appointed Utah’s defensive coordinator in January of 2016 after eight seasons coaching the safeties. Scalley has previous coordinator experience as the special teams’ coordinator last season and the recruiting coordinator from 2009-15. While he has relinquished those duties with his move to defensive coordinator, he will continue to coach the safeties.

Scalley is in his 11th year overall on the staff, having apprenticed as an administrative assistant in 2006 and a graduate assistant in 2007 before becoming the safeties coach in 2008.

His promotion to defensive coordinator when John Pease retired was expected given his increased role the past few seasons in Utah’s overall defensive scheming.

Scalley is also a proven coaching commodity at his former position, where he was a second-team All-America safety and Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year for Utah’s undefeated 2004 Fiesta Bowl team. Last season, sophomore safety Marcus Williams was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection and senior safety Tevin Carter was the Las Vegas Bowl MVP.

Scalley has coached two Freshman All-Americans in Brian Blechen (2010) and Eric Rowe (2011). Rowe, who later moved to corner, was drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015. In 2009, Scalley coached Robert Johnson to first-team all-Mountain West honors. Johnson was a fifth-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans.

Scalley also excelled as the special teams’ coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Punter Tom Hackett was a 2015 unanimous consensus All-American and won the Ray Guy Award as the country’s top punter (an honor he also won in 2014). Utah finished first in the nation in net punting in 2015.

On a recruiting front, Rivals.com rated Utah’s 2012 recruiting class as the country’s 25th best while Scout.com gave the Utes a No. 32 ranking. In 2011, Rivals called Scalley one of the top recruiters in the Pac-12 and a “recruiting coordinator on the rise."

Scalley was Rivals’ non-BCS recruiter of the year in 2010 and one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation overall. Rivals ranked Utah’s 2010 recruiting class as the best by a school from a non-automatic qualifying conference and 32nd overall.

Playing Career
Scalley was the 2004 MWC co-Defensive Player of the Year, a unanimous first-team all-conference selection and a second-team Associated Press and SI.com All-American. A four-year letterman from 2001-04, he was a second-team all-MWC defensive back in 2003 and an honorable mention all-MWC punt returner in 2001 and 2002.

As a senior, he captained Utah to 12-0 record, a Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh and a No. 4 national ranking in a historic season in which Utah became the first non-BCS team to play in a BCS bowl game.

Scalley was a two-time first-team Academic All-American (2003-04), the 2004 Anson Mount Scholar Athlete of the Year and the 2004 MWC Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was awarded two post-graduate scholarships, including one from the NCAA.

He was presented with the inaugural Pat Tillman award during the 2005 East-West Shrine Game, recognizing him for his character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the U. with a 3.96 GPA, Scalley earned a master’s degree in business.

Utah, 2004
Bachelor’s in mass communication
2003, 2004 Academic All-American
Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Utah, 2006
Master’s in business administration

Personal Data
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Birthdate: Oct. 8, 1979
Family: Married to the former Liz Herrscher. Daughters Madeline and Emma and son Andrew.

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