Paul Tidwell: Just Steak and Potatoes

Assistant football coach Paul Tidwell (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

Entering his third season at BYU, running backs coach Paul Tidwell brings a wealth of experience to the team. Tidwell has made previous coaching stops at Louisiana Tech, Eastern Arizona JC, Snow College, North Sanpete High School and Richfield High School. The Logan, Utah native has coached 11 NFL players, including Doak Walker Award winner Luke Staley.

Q. Who is the best player you have ever coached and why?

A. Luke Staley. He had a love for the game that is difficult to find in a lot of players. Not to mention he was pretty talented.

Q. What has been your favorite coaching moment?

A. It was definitely the conference championship game against Utah in 2001.

(We all know the result of that game and why it sticks out in Coach Tidwell's mind. Can you say, "Luuuuuuuuuuke!")

Q. What hobbies or interests do you have away from football?

A. I like to spend my time fly-fishing or playing golf.

Q. If you could golf any golf course, which one would it be?

A. Pebble Beach.

Q. If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be with?

A. I would want to have lunch with President Hinckley. It would be great to sit down and ask him a few questions.

Q. Is there a motto you live by?

A. Don't live life too seriously. You've got to go out and enjoy each day. Those are probably the two main mottos I live by.

Q. Who has been the most influential person in your career?

A. Al Saunders. He was my running back coach in college and is the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Q. What is the best thing about living in Utah County?

A. There are just so many great people living here in this valley. It is a great environment to raise a family here.

Q. What is your favorite meal?

A. I am a steak and potatoes guy.

Q. Is there a regular television program you watch?

A. The news. I guess that's pretty boring, huh? I also like to watch ESPN.