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Holliday Brings Solid Experience to BYU

17 February 2013 Brett Richins 10 Comments

New BYU receivers coach Guy Holliday (BYU photo).

He may not have been BYU’s first choice, but the Cougars’ new receivers coach Guy Holliday comes to Provo with impressive credentials.

Holliday was announced as a member of Robert Anae’s new offensive staff on Friday night along with former BYU quarterback Jason Beck.

Holliday replaces Ben Cahoon and fills the void left when Utah’s Aaron Roderick did a quick about-face and returned to the Ute program following BYU’s announcement of him as a new member of the offensive staff.

Among his stops during his career, the 50-year-old Holliday has coached in the SEC and has tutored a total of 21 players who have moved on to the NFL.

His latest stint was at UTEP, where he coached the wide receivers for the last five years and faced off against the Cougars in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl. He also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator under the recently retired Mike Price.

Anae had indicated that he wanted to select coaches who are also proven recruiters, and Holliday’s experience as the Miners’ recruiting coordinator was no doubt a big plus in his corner, as was his recruiting connections in Texas and the Deep South.

Holliday spent four seasons as the wide receiver coach at Mississippi State from the 2003 through 2006 under Jackie Sherrill and Sylvester Croom. Prior breaking into the FCS, he served as the offensive coordinator in the Division-II and FCS ranks in the state of Alabama at Tuskegee and Alabama State.

That experience as a coordinator will give him a unique perspective as he joins the BYU staff.

His resume also includes experience coaching tights ends, a responsibility that he may be given in Provo.  He coached both the wide receivers and tight ends at Western Michigan in the Mid-American conference for three years.It’s worth noting that the BYU press release announcing his hiring lists him as the “receivers coach”, not just the coach of the wide receivers. That may be an indication that he will also tutor the tights ends, a position that has traditionally be a key part of the BYU offense but has struggled over the past three seasons.

Guy Holliday’s Coaching Resume:

Years Title Location
2008-2012 Wide Receivers Coach & Recruiting Coordinator UTEP
2007 Wide Receivers Coach Cornell
2003-2006 Wide Receivers Coach Mississippi State
2000-2002 Wide Receivers Coach Western Michigan
1995-1999 Offensive Coordinator Alabama State
1992-1994 Offensive Coordinator Tuskegee University


Holliday talks about his coaching philosophy:


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  • cory said:

    Welcome to the fold Mr. Holliday.

  • Seasider said:

    I actually think this hire will be better for BYU than what they would’ve had with Roderick.

  • Steve Dunaway said:

    I like the hire Brett. Do you or any of your sources no why Cahoon was let go. I felt that our receiving core has only been made stronger by his presence and that he had a great future as a coach. Was I just wrong? Why not Ben and where is he going?

  • nitroboy said:

    I am thrilled with the hire. I was somewhat worried with whom had been mentioned as possible replacements for Ben Cahoon up until last Friday. Mr.Holliday has forgotten more about teaching the wide receiver position than Roderick will ever know. Nice hire by Anae and Mendenhall. Maybe someone can do a story on how this hire got done.

  • LDSBYUConvert said:


    Great article again…thanks. I agree with Seasider, the fact that he is black, has coached in Texas and the south and been a recruiter will be invaluable. Also, this is what he said about coming to BYU: “I’m excited about this opportunity,” Holliday said in the release. “BYU has an outstanding history of football excellence and also academic excellence. I look forward to embracing the spiritual elements of BYU and helping young men be successful.”

    The last sentence is what I love. He didn’t have to say that especially but he did. He is probably southern baptist which will be great no matter what is religion is because he can go into homes in the south and tell recruits and especially their parents what it is like at BYU. And, the same goes for Jason Beck, who is much better prepared to coach the QB’s than Max Hall is at this point.

    The offensive staff is not complete and Coach Anae said he came back to prove something and I bet with the type of attitude that he will instill in his offense that he will be successful. Spring ball is right around the corner and the team has a lot of work to do to get ready for the most challenging season that BYU has ever had.

    GO COUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LDSBYUConvert said:

    Sorry, I meant to say that the offensive staff is not complete.

  • bigjohn said:

    Holliday’s career is similar to that of Jaime Hill, with lots of coaching stops, though I suspect as a position coach that he wasn’t often in control of his destiny. I wish Coach Holliday the best here.

    Did Steve Clark turn us down then???

    I like the southern connection, and that the offensive coaching staff makeup now better reflects the ethnic backgrounds of the players we need to be really good at recruiting.

    Still puzzling to me that Cahoon was not retained. He turned the receivers around despite insurmountable odds, and would have become an excellent recruiter given his resume and with time. His attention to detail was impressive under Nelson, and would have looked signicantly better under a more capable quarterback. For example, the YAC stats would have been fun to see.

    Mendenhall really had it out for him I wish him the best and hope he stays in coaching.

  • Brett Richins (author) said:

    Steve Dunaway,

    From what I understand Bronco and Ben did not see eye to eye.

  • Bob Henstra said:

    It was obvious Bronco had to do something with his O. I’m sure he received plenty of feedback, but I’m also sure he could see the problems himself. It all come down to lack of protection of the QB so he had the time to hit those WR’s. The O coaches simply were not getting the job done.

    However, since none of us here had any say in the matter, it is what it is, just like it was what it was! We’ll always be just innocent bystanders, trusting Tommy and Bronco to make great decisions. Our only power is our butts in the seats, donations, and how many hotdogs we buy! Wonder if the PTB take that into account—–

    All we can do is hope and expect things to get better on that side of the ball, and support the kids during the games. However it would seem they are no better than they are coached.

    Every assistant coach who comes to BYU knows they are only on a one year contract, every coach knows things can change overnight, so I don’t feel sorry for the coaches. Ben Cahoon can always fall back on his CFL retirement. It would seem Brandon has had enough of coaching deciding to go into business with his brothers. I think he knew he was on his last legs based on his comments during the last season. Lance has retired, and Weber has a new job with a promotion, the only guy I feel got a bad rap was Joe Dupaix. But I’ve heard he’s moving into a new recruiting office position, should be successful there because he was the recruiting coordinator for Bronco!

    We’ll see!


  • BigCougar said:

    @Bob Henstra
    “It all come down to lack of protection of the QB so he had the time to hit those WR’s”

    Some of that also falls on the head and shoulders of the QB if he takes too long to make decisions both pre and post snap. I think Riley really struggled with this and found it much easier to ad-lib than to be disciplined and focused enough to master the mental side of playing QB.

    John Beck was a master at it in his senior year and one of the things that NFL scouts loved most about him was the ability to make quick reads and get rid of the ball quickly and accurately. I remember reading one scouts assessment of John stating he avg about 2.3 seconds from snap to throw and he hit nearly 70% of those passes.

    QB’s who hold onto the ball too long tend to get hit a lot and sacked a lot and Riley certainly held onto the ball a long time. He never showed much interest in mastering the mental aspect of playing QB and much preferred just improvising. This puts a ton of strain on the OL to have to hold their blocks longer (asking a lot of any OL) and with him being undisciplined in the pocket they needed to have eyes in the backs of their heads to know which direction he took off in and which direction they needed to block their man.

    In the end Riley’s strength was also his greatest weakness and it contributed significantly to problems with other position groups.

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