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BYU football coaching staff: Cougars hire alum Ed Lamb as assistant head coach

Another Cougar rejoins the fold.

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Today, BYU announced that Ed Lamb is coming back to the Cougars, this time as the Assistant Head Coach:

Lamb played for the Cougars as a defensive end from 1994-96 before moving on to his coaching career. In 2001 Coach Lamb joined the Cougars staff for the first time as a graduate assistant before moving on to the University of Idaho.

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In all Lamb has 19 years of experience as a college coach, with the last eight years as the head coach at Southern Utah University. Lamb has had the opportunity to work with a number of quality coaches as he played under Cougar legend Lavell Edwards and spent a couple of years as a coach under current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego.

Not only was Lamb successful as a player at BYU -- he was on the 1996 Cougars team that went 14-1 and allowed only 18.7 points per game on defense -- but he has helped turn around programs as a coach. When he took over at SUU the program was suffering through a losing streak of 19 games. By 2010 Lamb had turned them into conference champions.

In 2013 the program advanced to the football playoffs for the first time in program history, and then matching it again in 2015. Along with helping over 100 players earn all conference recognition, he also helped develop seven players into NFL talent.

At this time the specific position group he will work with has yet to be announced, however he has worked heavily on the defensive side of the ball, and on special teams, during his career. In his previous stint with BYU he worked with the linebackers. He has worked with almost all position groups on the defensive side as well as having a couple of stints as defensive coordinator. However the following is known:

Along with taking responsibility for a position group, you can bet that he will be leaned on heavily by new defensive coordinator, Ilaisa Tuiaki, for advice and help learning his new position. With the hire BYU now has three staff members for the new staff, including Ty Detmer as the offensive coordinator. As others are announced, the coaching responsibilities will be clarified with position groups and responsibilities.

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