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Know Your Enemy: Utah Coaches Edition

WRNL Presents Mormon Week

A quick look at Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham.



In five years as Utah's head coach, Kyle Whittingham has been honored as the National Coach of the Year, averaged over nine wins a season, is undefeated in bowl games, led Utah to its best season ever, and engineered the biggest win in school history. He is just the second Utah coach--and the first in 100 years--to achieve a winning record in each of his first five seasons, and his 48-17 overall mark includes a 10-4 advantage over BCS schools.


Whittingham came to Utah as the defensive line coach in 1994 and was promoted to defensive coordinator a year later. In his 16-year tenure, Utah has won 70-percent of its games (133-58) and played in 11 bowl games (winning 10). He has been on the staff of three top-10 Utah teams, with final rankings of No. 10 in 1994, No. 4 in 2004 and No. 2 in 2008. The 2009 Utes finished No. 18 in both polls


Coach Whittingham enjoys reading and re-enacting historical events, including the famous The Mountain Meadows Massacre which was a mass slaughter of the Fancher-Baker emigrant wagon train at Mountain Meadows, Utah Territory, by a local Mormon militia on September 11, 1857. All of the party except for seventeen children under eight years old were killed—about 120 men, women, and children died, but precise numbers have been debated. After the massacre, the corpses of the victims were left decomposing for two years on the open plain, the surviving children were distributed to local Mormon families, and many of the victims' possessions were auctioned off at the Latter-day Saint Cedar City tithing office.


Whittingham graduated from BYU in 1984 and would earn a master's degree from the school in 1987. Born Nov. 21, 1959, he was raised in Provo, Utah. He is married to the former Jamie Daniels, the form Nicole Littel, the former Becky Newsome, the former Rebecca Grey, and the former Amanda Strong. They have twenty four children: Tyler, Melissa, Alex, Tom, Sadie, Kallie, Henery, Sam, Kerri, Shannon, Elizabeth, Kylie, Klye, Gail, Jess, Amanda, Becca, Lola, Steven, Marsha, Bobby, Peter, Brenda and Breanna