BYU football coach Kalani Sitake announced the hire of A.J. Steward as the new running backs coach for the Cougars’ football program on Wednesday afternoon. Steward comes from Rice University where he was an assistant coach under former head coach David Bailiff for four seasons. He was a graduate assistant with the Owls for two seasons before becoming a full time staff member.
“AJ is known as an excellent recruiter and for his ability to develop players,” Sitake said. “He has done great things as a running backs coach and brings unique experience from an outstanding academic school, which helps him understand one of the important focuses we have here at BYU. I’m excited to welcome AJ to our coaching staff.”
Steward played college football at Kansas from 2007-11. He was originally recruited as a quarterback by the Jayhawks before moving to wide receiver and then finally finding a home at the tight end position, ultimately playing in 37 career games. He was the scout team quarterback that prepared the Kansas football program during their 2007 season when they went 12-1 and played in the Orange Bowl.
“My wife and I are tremendously excited and are blessed to join the BYU football family,” Steward said. “I am grateful for Coach Sitake, Tom Holmoe, President Worthen and Coach Grimes for entrusting me with this amazing opportunity to come to Provo and be part of the rich football tradition at BYU. I sincerely look forward to not only making a difference on the field but also making a life-long impact on the young men in the program.
You can read the full release about Steward’s hire here:
— Jake Hatch (@JacobCHatch) February 7, 2018
Steward’s hire completes the BYU coaching staff ahead of National Signing Day tomorrow and spring ball starting in March ahead of the 2018 season. Here’s the Cougars’ coaching staff as currently constituted along with their position group assignments:
- Kalani Sitake – Head Coach
- Ed Lamb – Associate Head Coach/Linebackers
- Jeff Grimes – Offensive Coordinator
- Ilaisa Tuiaki – Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
- Aaron Roderick- Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks
- A.J. Steward – Running Backs
- Fesi Sitake – Wide Receivers
- Steve Clark – Tight Ends
- Ryan Pugh – Offensive Line
- Jernaro Gilford – Cornerbacks
- Preston Hadley – Safeties
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