BYU hires Weber State secondary coach Preston Hadley

Friday , January 19, 2018 - 4:49 PM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

Jay Hill has another vacancy to fill on his coaching staff — again, thanks to BYU.

Weber State secondary coach and recruiting coordinator Preston Hadley has been hired as safeties coach at BYU, the Cougars announced Friday.

Hadley was with the Wildcat coaching staff for two years and coached one of the strongest secondaries not just in the Big Sky, but all FCS. He was a crucial part of a stout defense that led to the best season in Weber State history and coached Big Sky defensive MVP and NFL prospect Taron Johnson.

“Preston is a leader and a coach who understands and knows how to teach the fundamentals and techniques of the game,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said in a news release. “He is a young, up-and-coming coach in this business who brings experience overseeing the entire secondary and as a recruiting coordinator ... We are excited to welcome him back home to BYU.”

A BYU graduate, Hadley played defensive back for the Cougars in 2011 and 2012.

Hadley joins fellow former Wildcat coach Fesi Sitake, who was named an offensive assistant for the Cougars in late December 2017 after two seasons as Weber State’s offensive coordinator.

“I can’t help but feel gratitude for the relationships built with my brothers in our Weber State family,” Hadley tweeted. “I would most like to thank coach Jay Hill for the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing coaching staff and organization. He is a developer of people and I will always be grateful for his mentoring and friendship ...

“It’s an honor to return home to BYU!”

Hill was not immediately available for comment on his search for new staff members.

BYU’s move included the announcement that 16-year defensive assistant Steve Kaufusi will step down from the staff. Associate head coach Ed Lamb will take over coaching linebackers, and the school’s 10th assistant has still yet to be hired as FBS teams were allowed to add an additional assistant coach this offseason.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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