Kyle Whittingham served as a Ute assistant coach for the past 11 seasons and the last 10 campaigns as the program’s defensive coordinator. In his tenure, Utah has compiled an 86-41 overall record and played in six bowl games, winning five of those contests. Last season was the finest ever at Utah, as the Utes ran the table going 12-0 and became the first non-BCS team to play in and win a Bowl Championship Series game with a 35-7 Fiesta Bowl triumph over Pittsburgh, in which he served as co-head coach. The Utes’ perfect season resulted in final rankings of No. 4 (Associated Press) and No. 5 (ESPN/USA Today Coaches). Whittingham has coached 10 players who have gone on to play in the National Football League, including first-round pick Luther Elliss (Detroit, 1995) and second-round selection Andre Dyson (Tennessee, 2000). Whittingham was a defensive force as a player at Brigham Young from 1978 to 1981, where he earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference and WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1981. He went on to play professional football for two seasons in the United States Football League (USFL) and one season with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.