Football Coaching Staff
Kalani Sitake (pronounced kah-lah-nee see-tah-kay) was named head coach overseeing the BYU football program on December 19, 2015, by director of athletics Tom Holmoe.Sitake, who is the 14th head coach in BYU history, comes to BYU from Oregon State, where he served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. A former Cougar running back (1994, 1997-2000), Sitake returns to his alma mater with 15 years of coaching experience, including seven years a defensive coordinator and four seasons as an assistant head coach. Prior to serving as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Oregon State in 2015, Sitake spent 10 seasons at the University of Utah, where he started as the linebackers coach before being promoted to defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Sitake has helped mentor 14 NFL Draft picks. Born in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, and raised in Laie, Hawai’i and Provo, Utah, Sitake is the first FBS head football coach of Tongan descent.
Sitake hired an outstanding staff, including assistant head coach Ed Lamb, offensive coordinator Ty Detmer and defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki. Lamb, who also serves as the special teams coordinator and safeties coach, returns to his alma mater BYU after being a finalist for national coach of the year last year at Southern Utah, where he served as the head coach the past eight seasons. Detmer, who also coaches quarterbacks for the Cougars, returns to BYU where he won the Heisman Trophy before a 14-year career at quarterback in the NFL. Tuiaki, who also serves as the linebackers coach, returns to his hometown of Provo, Utah after working at Oregon State, Utah and Utah State. Other coaches on the BYU staff are defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi, cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford, offensive line coach Mike Empey, running backs coach Reno Mahe, receivers coach Ben Cahoon and tight end coach Steve Clark.