NFF College Hall of Fame
LAVELL EDWARDS

LaVell EdwardsView SlideshowPosition: Coach
Years: 1972-2000
Inducted: 2004
Place of Birth: Orem, Utah
Date of Birth: 10/11/1930

A coaching icon, whose success and longevity are paralleled by few, LaVell Edwards guided Brigham Young to heights never before reached in the program’s illustrious history. For 29 seasons, Edwards roamed the sidelines at BYU, a tenure that ranks him fifth all-time for coaches at one school. In 20 of those 29 seasons, the Cougars claimed the Western Athletic Conference title. Guiding BYU to 13 bowl game appearances, winning seven, Edwards reached the pinnacle of coaching success in 1984 by winning the national championship. His 257 wins rank him sixth in NCAA Division I-A history, and he has more victories than every other coach in BYU history combined. At the helm, Edwards has compiled a program best .716 win percentage, coached one Heisman Trophy winner, two Outland Trophy recipients, four Davey O’Brien awardees and 31 All-Americas and four College Football Hall of Famers. BYU’s success didn’t come without personal reward for Edwards either. He was named NCAA District 8 Coach of the Year eight times, Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year in 1979 and AFCA National Coach of the Year in 1984. Named the State of Utah’s Coach of the Century, Edwards is a member of the State of Utah Sports Hall of Fame.

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