BYU hires away Weber State offensive coordinator Fesi Sitake, among other moves

Wednesday , December 27, 2017 - 5:33 PM

BRANDON GARSIDE and BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

After a historic season, Weber State football is losing its offensive play-caller.

Fesi Sitake is taking the next step in his career, leaving his spot at Weber State to join the coaching staff at BYU, the Cougars announced Wednesday.

Sitake spent four seasons on Jay Hill’s coaching staff, the last two as offensive coordinator.

“I want to thank Coach Hill for an amazing opportunity to work with him and the staff he has assembled over the years,” Sitake said via Twitter. “Our family has grown to love Ogden and the people within. Weber State has impacted our family in a way we will never forget ... Now, on to the next chapter.”

> Season in review: Jay Hill talks historic run, future of Weber State football

The move puts Weber State in search mode.

“I’ve got a few candidates in mind now but have nothing set,” Hill said in a text message late Wednesday. “I will look first within our own staff and then elsewhere if needed. We have had huge interest from other coaches wanting to come coach at WSU. We will carefully evaluate all candidates and make the decision as to who will help us take the next step.”

Kalani Sitake, Fesi’s cousin, is BYU’s head coach.

BYU did not announce what position group Fesi Sitake would coach, but he is likely to coach receivers or quarterbacks.

“Fesi is one of the game’s up-and-coming young coordinators,” Kalani Sitake said. “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.”

The changes in Provo come after BYU hired Jeff Grimes two weeks ago to be the Cougars’ offensive coordinator, replacing Ty Detmer in that role. Grimes is a former offensive line coach at BYU who has 18 years of FBS coaching experience.

> BYU makes hire of offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes official

BYU also announced the hires of Aaron Roderick and Ryan Pugh as offensive assistant coaches Wednesday, and said Steve Clark would be retained.

That means assistants Ty Detmer, Reno Mahe, Ben Cahoon and Mike Empey will not be retained.

The school named Roderick as passing-game coordinator but did not specify what positions the other assistants would coach.

Clark coached tight ends for the Cougars for the last two seasons after being the offensive coordinator at Southern Utah and Weber State.

Roderick, a former BYU receiver in the late 1990s, returns to the Cougars with 18 years of coaching experience, most notably 12 years at Utah coaching quarterbacks, receivers and working as offensive coordinator.

“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,” Kalani Sitake said in a release from BYU. “He brings valuable play-calling and coordinating experience, and his ability to teach the game is impressive.”

Pugh was the offensive line coach at UT-San Antonio for two seasons. He was an All-American center at Auburn coached by Grimes when the program one a national championship in 2010. He later coached as a graduate assistant under Grimes at Auburn, Virginia Tech and LSU.

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