BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake announced Mike Empey as offensive line coach on January 14, 2016.
With more than 11 years of college coaching experience, Empey has been a position coach at BYU and UNLV along with being a head coach at Snow College. Most recently, Empey has been working with American Fork High School football including three years as the Cavemen offensive coordinator from 2012-14, helping them to the state title game in 2014 and an 11-3 record. He has also been working as an operations manger and trauma sales manager at Stryker Corporation for the past five years.
Empey, a former BYU offensive lineman (1987, 91-93), returns to the Cougars to work under offensive coordinator and former teammate Ty Detmer. He protected Detmer as an offensive tackle during Detmer’s senior season in 1991. Empey was a four-year letterwinner for the Cougars, earning All-WAC academic honors as a junior and senior. He served as a team captain as a senior and earned All-Conference recognition in 1993. Empey helped take the Cougars to four-straight bowl games and signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Pocatello, Idaho native previously served on the BYU staff for a total of eight seasons. Empey worked four of those seasons under LaVell Edwards, including three as a graduate assistant. His first year as a full-time assistant in 2000, he worked with tight ends and offensive tackles, then exclusively with tight ends through the 2004 season. Empey worked with NFL draft picks Tevita Ofahengaue, Doug Jolley, Spencer Nead, Dustin Rykert and Dennis Pitta along with free agents Daniel Coats and Gabe Reid.
Prior to coaching at BYU, Empey was the head football coach at Snow College for the 1999 season. In his one season at Snow, Empey led the Badgers to a 7-3 record, leading the nation in passing offense. Empey also coached the tight ends at UNLV for two seasons in 1997 and 1998. He went to UNLV after working as graduate assistant for three seasons at BYU from 1994-96. He worked with the linebackers, defensive and offensive lines while a graduate assistant at BYU.
Empey served an LDS Church mission to San Jose, California, (1988-90) and is married to the former Stephanie Wright from Saratoga, California. The couple has four children.
Coach Sitake on Empey
“Establishing the line of scrimmage is very important and I’m confident Steve [Kaufusi] and Mike will help us do that. Mike understands and is part of the great tradition of offensive line play here at BYU. He has head coaching experience and his knowledge of football and technique will be huge in helping us continue to progress in the direction we are going on the offensive side of the ball."
Coach Empey on coaching at BYU
“I’m excited for this opportunity to come back to BYU and grateful to work with Coach Sitake and Ty. We’ve been friends for many years and this is the kind of environment and culture that I want to coach in.”