Less than 18 hours after Jeff Grimes was officially named Baylor offensive coordinator, BYU found his replacement in current passing game coordinator/QB coach Aaron Roderick. WR Coach Fesi Sitake was promoted to passing game coordinator and will also remain the WR Coach.
Roderick will continue to coach quarterbacks, while Fesi Sitake will maintain his role coaching receivers in addition to his new responsibilities as the passing game coordinator. Assistant coaches Steve Clark (tight ends), Eric Mateos (offensive line) and Harvey Unga (running backs) will continue in their same position responsibilities on Roderick’s offensive staff.
BYU keeping the offensive staff outside of Jeff Grimes is a big win. OL Coach Eric Mateos was expected to potentially follow Jeff Grimes to Baylor or garner other P5 interest, but he will stay in Provo at least one more season.
With Roderick promoted, BYU has one open assistant position on its staff. BYU has had 6 offensive coaches and 4 defensive coaches the past few seasons, but could choose to even that out and go 5 assistants on each side of the ball — defensive line could be a coach BYU hires in order to put more focus on that area.
We wrote an article earlier about potential assistants BYU could hire, which could include former BYU DE and current Snow College DC Jan Jorgensen.
Bottom line is that BYU elected to stay with continuity on the offensive side, which makes total sense based on the season BYU just had. Aaron Roderick was heavily involved in the game planning and execution and was a huge piece in Zach Wilson’s development from 3-star recruit to likely top 10 NFL Draft pick.
Coaches will look to finish up National Signing Day strong in the next month before preparing for Spring Ball to start in the next two months.