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The LaVell Edwards Coaching Tree

Legendary head coach LaVell Edwards inspired and influenced the coaching careers of many directly, and his influence on the game continues today. Under Edwards, 23 former BYU players and coaches have gone on to be either NFL or college head coaches and more than 50 overall have had careers in coaching (NFL and college). Under those coaches, his influence continues to grow exponentially. This list includes many of the former players and coaches that worked with Coach Edwards, along with the years they were together.

NFL Head Coaches 
Brian Billick (BYU tight end 1974-77, Grad. Assistant 1978)
Mike Holmgren (BYU quarterbacks coach 1982-85)
Andy Reid (BYU OL 1978-80, Grad. Assistant 1982)

College Head Coaches
Scott Brumfield (BYU OL 1990-92)
Norm Chow (BYU assistant 1973-1999)
Jim Criner (BYU assistant 1972)
Mike Empey (BYU OL 1987; 91-93, GA 94-96, OT/TE 00-04)
Wally English (BYU OC & QB coach 1978)
Scott Giles (BYU LB 1990-91, GA 1993-94)
Tom Holmoe (BYU DB 1978-82, GA 1990-91)
Dave Kragthorpe (BYU OC & OL coach 1970-1979)
Ed Lamb (BYU LB 1995-96)
Dwain Painter (BYU QB&WR coach 1974-75)
Jim Paronto (BYU LB 1983-84)
Mesa State: 1990-93
Steve Sarkisian (BYU QB 1995-86)
Doug Scoville (BYU OC & QB coach 1976-77, 1979-80)
Mike Sheppard (BYU GA 1977-78)
Kalani Sitake (BYU RB 1994, 1997-2000)
Charlie Stubbs (BYU Alum, GA 1983-84)
Ted Tollner (BYU QB coach 1981)
Garrett Tujague (BYU OL 1989-91)
DeWayne Walker (BYU CB coach 1994)
Kyle Whittingham (BYU LB 1978-81, GA 1985-86)

NFL and College Coordinators
Robert Anae (BYU OL 1981-84, GA 90-91)
Mike Canales (BYU GA 1985-86)
Ty Detmer (BYU QB 1987-91)
Brandon Doman (BYU QB 1998-01, QB coach 05-10, OC 11-13)
Justin Ena (BYU LB 1997-2001)
Dick Felt (BYU HB 1954-55, BYU assistant 1967-1998)
Roger French (BYU assistant 1980-2000)
Nate Gibbs (BYU OL 1991-94, GA 1995-97)
Brian Mitchell (BYU DB 1987-90, DB coach 94-05)
Lance Reynolds (BYU OL 1973-77, assistant 79-80, 83-2012)
Aaron Roderick (BYU WR 1996-98, GA 99-01)
Ken Schmidt (BYU DC, LB coach, 1982-2002)
Fred Whittingham (BYU DC 1978-81, LB coach 73-77)
Gary Zauner (BYU Sp. Tms. coordinator 1979-80)

College Assistants
Claude Bassett (BYU LB coach 1985-1993)
Robbie Bosco (BYU QB 1981-85, QB coach 1990-2003)
Ben Cahoon (BYU WR 1995-97, BYU WR coach 2011-12, 16-present)
Jernaro Gilford (BYU DB 1999-03, CB coach 2016-present)
Garth Hall (BYU RB coach, WR coach 1975-82)
J.D. Helm (BYU assistant 1969-74)
Doug Jolley (BYU TE 1997-01)
Steve Kaufusi (BYU DL 1985-97, DL/LB coach 2002-present)
Barry Lamb (BYU assistant 1994-2009)
Reno Mahe (BYU WR 1998, 01-02, RB coach 2016-present)
Larry Moore (BYU OG, 1995-96)
Mel Olson (BYU C 1964-66, 69, assistant 1972-89)
Chris Pella (BYU recruiting coordinator 1986-03)
Tom Ramage (BYU DL coach, Sp. Tms 1973-2001)
Dennis Simmons (BYU LB 1992-96, GA 1997-98)
Dewey Warren (BYU QB/WR coach 1972-73)
Teag Whiting (BYU OL 1999-2001)
Fred Whittingham, Jr. (BYU FB 1984, 87-89

Other Connections (did not coach or play for Coach Edwards)
Mike Leach - BYU alum, heavily influenced by Coach Edwards
Hal Mumme - Coach Edwards a major influence on his offensive strategy
Matt Edwards - Grandson of LaVell Edwards, currently coaching at Southern Virginia University