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Former SUU coach Ed Lamb named assistant head coach for BYU Cougars

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Posted at 8:17 PM, Dec 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-26 22:22:57-05

PROVO, Utah — BYU head football coach, Kalani Sitake has named Ed Lamb to the title of assistant head coach with the Cougars.  Lamb comes to Provo with 19 years of coaching experience, including the last eight seasons as the head coach at Southern Utah.

“I’m excited to announce Ed Lamb as the assistant head coach at BYU,” Sitake said. “He is an experienced head coach with expertise coaching both sides of the ball as well as special teams. I value my great relationship with Ed and I’m looking forward to working closely with him at BYU.”

Lamb was named the American Football Coaches Association Region Five Coach of the Year this past season after leading the Thunderbirds to the FCS playoffs and Big Sky Conference title. A native of Pleasanton, California, Lamb returns to his alma mater BYU where he first attended as a transfer from Ricks College in 1994. After redshirting his first season, Lamb played defensive end for the Cougars in 1995 and 1996 and later returned to serve as a graduate assistant coach on the Cougar staff in 2001. He played alongside Sitake.

“I’m excited to get back to BYU, a place that has been very instrumental in my life,” Lamb said. “My time on campus as a Cougar changed my life, and continues to shape who I am today. I’m looking forward to working with Coach Sitake, who has been a teammate, friend and colleague for over 20 years. I’ve enjoyed my time at Southern Utah immensely, especially working directly with the players on the team.  My family and I will sorely miss being a part of the Cedar City community.”

A two-time Eddie Robinson Award finalist for national coach of the year, Lamb took an SUU program mired in a 19-game losing skid back in 2008 and turned the Thunderbirds into Great West Conference champions in 2010.  Under his leadership, SUU advanced to the FCS playoffs for the first time in program history in 2013, a feat accomplished again by Lamb’s 2015 Big Sky championship team. Lamb’s teams have ranked year-in and year-out among the nation’s top FCS programs in passing, pass efficiency, total offense, receiving yards, scoring offense, punt returns, punting and tackles for loss. The T-Birds also ranked No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference in scoring defense in 2013 and 2015.