Kyle Whittingham

In eight years as Utah's head coach, Kyle Whittingham has won 72-percent of his games, gone 7-1 in bowl games, led Utah to its best season in 115 years of football, engineered the biggest win in school history and been named the National Coach of the Year.  Whittingham has led his teams to qualify for a bowl game every year since 2005. Prior to assuming head coaching duties in 2005, Whittingham was Utah's defensive coordinator for bowl wins over Fresno State (1999), USC (2001) and Southern Miss (2003), and was co-head coach in Utah's BCS-busting 2005 Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh.  For his role in Utah's 13-0 record and No. 2 national ranking, Whittingham was honored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Paul ""Bear"" Bryant Awards committee as the 2008 National Coach of the Year. The 2008 Utah team was the only FBS team to go the entire season without a loss and received 16 first-place votes and 1,519 total points in the AP poll, trailing only Florida, who won the BCS National Championship. It was the best AP ranking in school history, as was Utah's No. 4 final USA Today finish. Utah capped its remarkable year with a 31-17 Sugar Bowl rout over an Alabama team that had spent five weeks at No. 1. 


Team: Utah
Career (years): 8 Years
Country: USA
DOB: November 21, 1959
  • Longest Winning Bowl Streak in nation (8 games)
  • 2008 AFCA National Coach of the Year