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BYU football coaching staff: Ben Cahoon hired for second stint as Cougars wide receivers coach

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The former Cougar and wide receivers coach will return to coach under Ty Detmer and Kalani Sitake.

Ben Cahoon coaching Cody Hoffman.
Ben Cahoon coaching Cody Hoffman.
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After the departure of Guy Holliday as receivers coach, BYU had an additional coaching position to fill. The Cougars are set to fill that position with the return of Ben Cahoon to Provo.

In a press release that was sent out Thursday morning Kalani Sitake announced the hiring of Cahoon, giving the former CLF receiver high praise.

"I'm excited to announce Ben as the receivers coach at BYU. Ben is one of the most prolific receivers in CFL history and has a great football mind. He is an excellent football tactician and teacher and is passionate about helping the young men in our program."

The former receiver previously returned to BYU as a coach for two seasons in 2011. Cahoon had a 13-year career in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes, including consecutive Grey Cup championships in his final two seasons (2009-10).

Cahoon's first hire was heralded as a positive one, with dividends seen immediately. He was a studious, smart recruiter, according to his colleagues.

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As a player, Cahoon was known as one of the most sure-handed receivers to ever put on a BYU uniform. He was teammates with Kalani Sitake in 1997, his senior season when he caught 57 passes for 931 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Honestly, I'm not sure we ever got a good evaluation of Cahoon in his first two seasons. His receivers never really had a quarterback to throw to them. His receivers stepped up when the ball got to them.

Cahoon is still a capable coach, and now has two seasons of work to draw upon from his first stint. The fact that he's willing to return after being dumped upon Robert Anae's re-hire means he's eager to coach again.