Staff
Head Coach
Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen (hired on Dec. 9, 2018) makes his return to Utah State after serving as USU’s head coach for four seasons (2009-12) and was named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2012. Andersen will be the first of 27 coaches in USU history to serve as head coach multiple times.

In all, Andersen has been a Division I head coach for 10 years and brings 30 years of coaching experience with him back to Utah State. He has been involved in 12 bowl games, including four New Year's Day bowls.

During his career, Andersen was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award at Utah State in 2012, along with being named the WAC Coach of the Year, and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Coach of the Year Award (2013) and George Munger Coach of the Year Award (2013, 2014) at Wisconsin. He was also a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award at Utah in 2008, which is given to the top assistant in college football. As a head coach, he led Utah State to the 2012 WAC Championship and Wisconsin to the 2014 Big Ten Conference West Division title.

Academically, three of Andersen's teams finished in the top 10 nationally in Academic Progress Rate, in addition to 160 academic all-conference honorees.

In just his third year at Utah State, Andersen led the 2011 squad to its first bowl game in 14 years and the first Aggie team to win seven games since 1993. The following season, Andersen led USU to its best season ever with a school-record 11 wins, going undefeated in the WAC and capturing its first outright league title since 1936. USU also won just its second-ever bowl game that season with a 41-15 victory against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. USU finished the 2012 campaign with an 11-2 record and is one of just two teams in school history, along with the 1961 club, to finish the season nationally ranked as it was 16th in the final Associated Press poll, 17th in the final Coaches poll and 23rd in the final BCS standings.

During his final two seasons at Utah State, Andersen led the Aggies to an 18-8 record, including an 11-2 conference mark.

While at Utah State, Andersen coached six All-Americans (Will Davis, Kerwynn Williams, Tyler Larsen, Nevin Lawson, Zach Vigil and Kyler Fackrell) and 10 Aggies who went on to have careers in the NFL, including current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Furthermore, Andersen coached 27 players that earned various all-conference honors during his time in Logan,.

Andersen comes back to Utah State after spending the 2018 season as the associate head coach and defensive line coach at the University of Utah, where the Utes posted a 9-4 record and advanced to the Pac-12 Championship game after winning the Pac-12 South.

In all, Andersen spent 12 years on staff at Utah during three different stints, including helping the Utes to undefeated seasons in 2004 and 2008 as they played in the Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl, respectively. During his time at Utah, Andersen coached two All-Americans, two conference defensive Most Valuable Players, 22 first-team all-conference honorees and 16 NFL draft picks.

Following his four years as Utah State's head coach, Andersen spent two seasons as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin (2013-14) and three years as the head coach at Oregon State University (2015-17). At Wisconsin, he led the Badgers to a 19-7 record, a Big Ten divisional championship in 2014 and appearances in the Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl.

During his two years at Wisconsin, Andersen coached five All-Americans and had seven players selected in the NFL Draft. In 2013, Chris Borland was named a first-team All-American, and the Big Ten Conference Linebacker and Defensive Player of the Year. In 2014, Andersen coached Melvin Gordon, the nation's leading rusher and scorer in 2014, to the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year Award and a runner-up finish for the Heisman Trophy.

And at Oregon State, Andersen had three players drafted into the NFL in Isaac Seumalo, Sean Harlow and Treston Decoud and coached two Freshman All-Americans in Xavier Crawford and Gus Lavaka and 12 all-league player.

Andersen's coaching career began in 1988 as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana, where he coached for one season before going to Ricks College from 1989-92 as the offensive line coach. His other coaching stints include Idaho State (1992-94, defensive line), Park City HS (1994-95, head coach) and Northern Arizona (1995-96, assistant head coach/defensive line/special teams). Andersen also spent the 2003 season as the head coach at Southern Utah.

A 1986 graduate of Utah, Andersen earned his bachelor's degree in political science. He played center for Utah from 1985-86 after garnering first-team juco All-America honors in 1984 at Ricks College.

Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends
Frank Maile

Frank Maile, a 2007 Utah State graduate, will continue to serve as the assistant head coach and will work with the tight ends this fall after spending the past three seasons as the Aggies’ co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Overall, Maile has spent eight years on the Aggies’ staff, as he was a defensive graduate assistant from 2009-10 and the defensive line coach from 2011-13.

Maile helped Utah State to one of its most successful seasons in school history in 2018 as the Aggies went 11-2 and tied the school record for wins (11) and home wins (6), while being nationally ranked for six-straight weeks for the first time in school history. USU also set a school record by winning 10 straight games in 2018 and tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 7-1 mark.

With Maile serving as the interim head coach, Utah State won its fifth bowl game in school history this season with a 52-13 victory against North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl. For USU, it was its seventh bowl game in the last eight seasons and 13th overall, including its fifth with Maile on staff.

During the 2018 season, Maile helped coach an Aggie defense that currently leads the nation in turnovers forced (32), interceptions (22) and three-and-outs forced per game (5.58), while ranking third nationally with six defensive touchdowns. USU also ranked 35th nationally in scoring defense this season (22.2 points allowed per game).

As Utah State's co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach in 2018, Maile mentored three Aggies who earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors in senior defensive end Adewale Adeoye, junior defensive end Fua Leilua and junior nose guard Christopher ‘Unga.

As Utah State’s co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach in 2017, USU allowed just 182.5 passing yards per game to rank 19th nationally. Furthermore, USU was sixth in the nation with 29 forced turnovers, including tying for second nationally with its 16 forced fumbles, and ranked fourth in the nation with five defensive touchdowns.

Prior to his return to Utah State, Maile spent two seasons as the defensive line coach at Vanderbilt. In 2015, the Commodores’ defense ranked among the top-35 nationally in nine categories, including 28th in total defense (350.5 yards per game), 22nd in scoring defense (21.0 points per game) and 33rd in rushing defense (143.2 yards per game).

As Utah State’s defensive line coach from 2011-13, Maile coached five Aggies to all-conference honors in Levi Koskan (second team), Al Lapuaho (first team), B.J. Larsen (second team), Jordan Nielsen (second team) and AJ Pataiali’i (second team).

During his three years as defensive line coach, USU posted a 28-13 record and played in three-straight bowl games, winning the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, and a 2012 Western Athletic Conference title.

Utah State’s defense finished the 2013 season holding five of its final seven opponents to 14 or fewer points. USU capped its season with a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl as the Aggies held NIU’s high-powered offense in check and limited Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch to just 39 rushing yards.

During the 2012 season, Maile helped Utah State’s defense rank among the top-15 in the nation in five categories, including being ranked first in the WAC and seventh in the nation in scoring defense (15.38 points per game), second in the WAC and sixth nationally in sacks (3.23 per game), second in the WAC and 13th in the country in rushing defense (113.77 yards per game), first in the WAC and 15th in the nation in total defense (322.08 yards per game), and first in the WAC and 32nd in the nation in passing defense (208.31 yards per game).

In 2011, Maile helped Utah State lead the WAC in total defense (366.2 yards per game), as well as ranking second in the league in both rushing defense (127.7 yards per game) and tackles for loss (5.9 per game). The Aggies also were second in the WAC in opponent third-down conversions at 35.4 percent.

Maile was a standout defensive lineman for the Aggies from 2004-07, making 21 starts in 42 career games. He posted 71 total tackles with 19.0 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. In his senior season of 2007 as team captain, Maile accounted for 8.0 tackles for loss, tying for second on the team.

A native of West Valley City, Utah, Maile was a first-team all-state defensive lineman at Alta High School in Sandy, Utah. He served an LDS Church Mission to the Dominican Republic from 2001-03.

Maile earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Utah State in 2007 and earned his master’s in education in 2010.

Maile and his wife, Heather, have three sons, Maximus, Samson and Titan, and a daughter, Cecilia.

Offensive Coordinator/QBs
Mike Sanford

Mike Sanford, one of college football's brightest offensive minds, is in his first season as Utah State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Sanford brings 14 years of college coaching experience with him to Utah State, including two years as a head coach and three more seasons as an offensive coordinator. In all, Sanford has coached in five New Year's bowl games and has been a part of three conference championship teams.

Most recently, Sanford spent two seasons (2017-18) as the head coach at Western Kentucky, leading the Hilltoppers to a 9-16 overall mark and 6-10 conference record, highlighted by a berth in the 2017 AutoNation Cure Bowl in his first season, one of just five rookie head coaches to take his team to a bowl game in his first season. A pair of players were drafted from that squad as linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe went in the fourth round to the Chicago Bears and quarterback Mike White was taken in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys. A third player, tight end Deon Yelder, received immediate interest as a free agent and is currently with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Western Kentucky had several program-firsts under Sanford, including posting its first-ever win at Louisiana Tech and a program-best five interceptions against UTEP during the 2018 season.

In 2018, the Hilltoppers had the 15th-youngest roster in the nation with 65 true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores, and just 10 seniors, which was the third-fewest in the nation. Furthermore, WKU was the only team in the nation in 2018 without a senior offensive lineman. In 2017, 24 players earned their first career start as Hilltoppers on offense or defense, the fourth-most nationally, and 11 true freshmen saw game action.

Overall, Western Kentucky had 28 Conference USA honorees during Sanford's two years as head coach. Additionally, WKU increased their community service commitment by more than 500 percent, while 75 Hilltoppers saw their grade point average rise during Sanford's first year as head coach and 39 players posted a 3.0 semester GPA or higher.

A former quarterback at Boise State (2000-04), Sanford holds coaching experience from three Fiesta Bowls and two Rose Bowls, along with playing experience in the Humanitarian, Fort Worth and Liberty Bowls.

Prior to his head coaching stint at Western Kentucky, Sanford spent the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame, where he tutored Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer to stellar performances while in South Bend.

Kizer had near-record breaking marks in Notre Dame single-game history for rushing yards by a quarterback (second), touchdown passes (tied for second) and total offense (seventh), to go along with the single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (10) in 2015. Kizer finished his career at Notre Dame with the best per-game total offense average in school history (272.2), the highest points responsible for per-game mark (15.6) and the second-best passing efficiency rating (147.7).

Prior to Notre Dame, Sanford spent one season at his alma mater, Boise State, in 2014, where he guided a Broncos offense that was one of just five FBS schools to rank among the top 30 nationally in all four major offensive statistical categories (scoring, total offense, passing offense and rushing offense).

The Broncos went 12-2 that year, won the Mountain West championship and defeated Pac-12 South champion Arizona in the Vizio Fiesta Bowl. Quarterback Grant Hedrick led the FBS in completion percentage (70.8), while ranking seventh in passing yards per attempt (8.91), ninth in passing efficiency (157.2), 13th in passing yardage (3,696) and 14th in total offense per game (306.3).

While Sanford's development of quarterbacks is well documented, his work with Boise State running back Jay Ajayi is even more notable. In Sanford's offense, Ajayi led the FBS in scoring with 13.7 points per game and became the only player in FBS history to record 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season.

During his second stop in Palo Alto, Sanford helped the Cardinal capture Pac-12 Championships and Rose Bowl appearances in both 2012 and 2013, as well as a Fiesta Bowl trip to cap the 2011 season.

Sanford spent the 2010 season at Western Kentucky as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach after one year at Yale – his first full-time coaching position – where he coached the tight ends, fullbacks and served as recruiting coordinator in 2009. Sanford spent two years on Jim Harbaugh's staff at Stanford as an offensive assistant from 2007-08 and enjoyed a two-year run as a graduate assistant at UNLV under his father, Mike Sr., then the head coach of the Rebels.

A father of three, Peyton, Gunnar, and Griffin, Sanford is married to the former Anne-Marie Mitchell. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Boise State in 2005.

Defensive Coordinator
Justin Ena

Justin Ena, who has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, including five seasons as defensive coordinator, is in his first season as Utah State’s defensive coordinator. Ena, who has coached in three bowl games, will also coach the inside linebackers at Utah State.

Previously, Ena (Eh-nuh) spent the past four seasons at Utah serving as the Utes’ co-special teams coordinator for three of those years, and working with the linebackers all four seasons.

During the 2018 season, Ena helped Utah's defense rank among the top 20 in the nation in several categories, including fifth in rushing defense (101.8 yards allowed per game), ninth in tackles for loss (7.9 per game), 15th in total defense (315.1 yards allowed per game) and 16th in scoring defense (18.5 points per game allowed).

Under Ena, the linebackers helped Utah rank in the top 30 in rushing defense in each of the last four seasons, including a No. 5 ranking in 2018 and a No. 6 ranking in 2015.

Individually, Ena coached Utah linebacker Chase Hansen to three All-America honors this past season. Hansen, who led Utah with 114 tackles this year, leads the Pac-12 and ranks fifth in the nation with 22.0 tackles for loss. He is also tied for fourth nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.7). Hansen, who is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with 5.0 sacks, has recorded at least 10 tackles in six games this season. Hansen was also named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice this season.

In all, Ena coached two linebackers to all-Pac 12 honors in 2018 as Hansen was named to the first team and senior Cody Barton earned honorable mention honors.

Linebackers Gionni Paul (first team) and Jared Norris (second team) earned all-Pac-12 honors in Ena's first season with the Utes in 2015. Paul led the Utes in tackles with 117 and was a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week as a senior. Norris is in his third season as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers.

As co-special teams coordinator at Utah, Ena's coverage units played a role in the Utes winning the NCAA net punting title in 2016, while the 2017 team finished fifth in the nation in net punting and the 2018 team ranked 15th. Furthermore, Utah has had three kickers earn All-America honors in Ena's four years at Utah in punter Tom Hackett (2015), punter Mitch Wishnowsky (2016, 2017, 2018) and kicker Matt Gay (2017, 2018).

Prior to Utah, Ena was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Weber State in 2014 and a six-year assistant at Southern Utah from 2008-13, including the last four as the defensive coordinator. He was also SUU's special teams coordinator his first two seasons.

Southern Utah achieved NCAA FCS top-25 national rankings on both special teams and defense with Ena as a coordinator, including a No. 1 rank in net punting in 2009. The Thunderbirds also ranked No. 3 in punt return average and No. 6 in net punting in 2008, No. 9 in punt return average in 2009, No. 17 in scoring defense, No. 21 in total defense and No. 21 in run defense in 2010, No. 13 in sacks per game and No. 19 in pass defense in 2011, and No. 5 in turnover margin in 2012.

The 2013 T-birds finished second in the Big Sky Conference in total defense and third in scoring defense.

Individual honors during Ena's time at SUU included two-year All-America punter Trevor Ward and return specialist Nick Miller, the nation's leader in all-purpose yards in 2008. Other accolades went to All-America defensive tackle Cody Larsen and Freshman All-Americans Zak Browning (linebacker), and James Cowser (defensive end). Browning was the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year in 2012.

The Thunderbirds placed 12 defenders on the all-Great West Conference team from 2010-11, including 10 first-team selections. Tyler Osborne became SUU's first GWC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.

Ena earned his bachelor's degree in history from BYU in 2001. He was a three-year starter and three-time Mountain West all-conference linebacker for the Cougars. He played four seasons in the NFL, three with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Tennessee Titans, playing in 47 NFL games from 2002-05.

Ena and his wife, Dana, have one son, Justice, and one daughter, Olivia.

Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
Stacy Collins

Stacy Collins has 21 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as a coordinator and four years as a head coach at the collegiate level. Now in his fourth year at Utah State, Collins will serve as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach this season. Collins has spent the past three years with Utah State, serving as the inside linebackers coach (2017-18) and special teams coordinator (2016).

Collins helped Utah State to one of its most successful seasons in school history in 2018 as the Aggies went 11-2 and tied the school record for wins (11) and home wins (6), while being nationally ranked for six-straight weeks for the first time in school history. USU won its fifth bowl game in school history this season with a 52-13 victory against North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl. USU also set a school record by winning 10 straight games in 2018 and tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 7-1 mark.

As Utah State’s inside linebackers coach in 2018, Collins mentored sophomore David Woodward, who Pro Football Focus named the Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American, while The Associated Press named him a third-team All-American.

During the 2017 season, Collins helped coach a Utah State defense that allowed just 182.5 passing yards per game to rank 19th nationally. Furthermore, USU ranked sixth in the nation with 29 forced turnovers, including tying for second nationally with its 16 forced fumbles, and ranked fourth in the nation with five defensive touchdowns.

In 2016, Collins coached a pair of kickers who performed at a high level in senior Brock Warren and sophomore Aaron Dalton. Warren was 9-of-12 on field goal attempts and that .750 percentage is tied for 10th all-time in school history.

Collins came to Utah State after spending four seasons as the head coach and special teams coordinator at Division II South Dakota School of Mines.

As head coach at South Dakota School of Mines from 2012-15, Collins led the Hardrockers to winning seasons in 2013 and 2015, the last being just their third in the past 30 years. During his four years at SDSM, Collins notched 16 victories to become the sixth-winningest coach in program history.

Under Collins’ direction in 2014, South Dakota School of Mines set single-season school records with 5,282 total yards, 3,540 passing yards and 286 first downs and led all of college football in red zone efficiency.

As members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2014 and 2015, South Dakota School of Mines had 14 all-conference honorees under Collins, highlighted by quarterback Trent McKinney, who twice earned first-team honors and was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2014.

Collins also mentored a pair of record-setting kickers at South Dakota School of Mines in Devon Jones and Kolten Jelden.

Along with all the success South Dakota School of Mines had on the field under Collins, the Hardrockers were just as successful in the classroom as seven players earned GNAC All-Academic Honors in 2015.

Prior to his head coaching stint at South Dakota School of Mines, Collins served as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Portland State in 2011, where he coached placekicker Zach Brown, who was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press, the Walter Camp Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association and the Sports Network.

Along with Brown, Collins also coached punter Thomas Duyndam to honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference honors in 2011.

Prior to Portland State, Collins spent three seasons (2008-10) at Central Washington as the special teams coordinator and linebackers/defensive line coach. At CWU, Collins coached an All-American and two-time first-team all-GNAC kicker in Garrett Rolsma, as well as first-team all-conference kick returners Courtney Smith (2008) and Jerome Williams (2009).

Collins has also had coaching stops at Southern Oregon in 2007 (defensive coordinator), Idaho State from 2005-06 (linebackers coach), Western Washington from 2003-04 (linebackers coach), South Dakota School of Mines in 2002 (defensive/special teams coordinator) and Western Oregon from 1998-2001 (special teams coordinator and linebackers coach).

In addition, he spent time in Europe on the coaching staff of the Vienna Vikings (Austria), a European League football team, as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach from 1999-2001.

While the special teams coordinator at Western Washington in 2004, Collins coached punter Mike Koenen, who went on to play for 10 seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Collins played college football at Western Oregon from 1993-97 as a linebacker, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1998 and then a master’s degree in education in 2001.

Collins, a native of Sutherlin, Ore., and his wife, Mandi, have four daughters, Kayla, Mackenzie, Kylee and Mackenna.

Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers
Jason Phillips

Jason Phillips, who has 20 years of coaching experience, including five seasons as an offensive coordinator, is in his first season as Utah State’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. Phillips, who played professionally for eight seasons, including six years in the NFL, has coached in six bowl games during his collegiate career.

Phillips comes to Utah State after spending the 2018 season as the wide receivers coach for the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football. Prior to that, he spent the 2017 season as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Oregon State and was the wide receivers coach at Kansas in 2016.

Prior to his one-year stint at Kansas, Phillips spent three years on the coaching staff at SMU, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach from 2012-14.

Under Phillips' tutelage, SMU had multiple 1,000-yard receivers for just the third time in school history and multiple 100-reception receivers for the first time in program history.

In his first year at SMU in 2012, the Mustangs posted top-10 school efforts in scoring, scoring average, total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions, attempts, completion percentage and first downs, among others. Phillips' receivers Darius Johnson and Jeremy Johnson each earned Conference USA honors.

Phillips came to the SMU program after completing his ninth season at Houston, where he served as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Phillips had also served as UH's recruiting coordinator.

As offensive coordinator, Phillips capped a successful 2011 season by helping Houston to a dominating 30-14 win over Penn State in the Ticket City Bowl, which included 600 yards of total offense, its eighth that season. In all, the 2011 Cougar offense was one of the most prolific in NCAA history, averaging nearly 600 yards per game to rank second all-time just behind the 1989 Houston Cougars, who averaged 625 yards per game.

During his tenure at Houston, Phillips worked with numerous stellar wide receivers, including Donnie Avery, the first wide receiver taken in the 2008 NFL Draft. In his last four seasons at UH, Phillips produced seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons from four different players. Phillips also directed an offense led by quarterback Case Keenum, whom Phillips helped to numerous NCAA records.

Phillips began his college coaching career in 2001, when he served as an offensive assistant at Houston. He spent the following season coaching wide receivers at Texas State before returning to the Cougars as wide receivers coach in 2003. He spent the 2007 season at Baylor, serving as the recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. He returned to his alma mater in 2008 as co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator before being promoted to offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach in 2010.

In 2001, he coached as an offensive intern for the Minnesota Vikings, working under head coach Dennis Green and offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis. In that capacity, Phillips worked closely with wide receivers Randy Moss, Chris Carter, Jake Reed and Chris Walsh. The following season, Phillips served in a similar capacity with the Atlanta Falcons, where he worked under head coach Dan Reeves.

Phillips was also selected to participate in the 2008 NCAA Coaches Academy Program and the 2010 NCAA Champions Forum, both of which were designed to identify and nurture minority future head coaching candidates.

A native Houstonian who played at Ross Sterling High School, Phillips first made his mark at the University of Houston by hauling in passes from Heisman Trophy quarterback Andre Ware during the Cougars high-flying, high-scoring Run `N Shoot heyday. Phillips led the nation in receiving yards in 1987 (875 yards) and 1988 (1,444), the first player since Tulsa's Howard Twilley accomplished that feat 23 years earlier.

In 1987, Phillips not only was an All-Southwest Conference pick and the SWC Newcomer of the Year, but was also selected to the UPI All-America team. The following year Phillips was named to the All-SWC First Team, was the SWC Co-Offensive Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-America pick.

Phillips was also selected to the SWC's All-Decade Team for the '80s and, in 2006, Phillips' spectacular contributions to the program were recognized when he was inducted into the Houston Hall of Honor.

Phillips, who was a consensus All-America wide receiver during his playing days at Houston, was drafted by the Detroit Lions of the NFL in 1989, where he set a rookie record with a 10-catch, 155-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Phillips, who has written about coaching and has published articles in American Football Monthly Magazine, earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Houston in 2001.

Defensive Ends
Bojay Fillimoeatu

Bojay Filimoeatu, who is returning to his alma mater, is in his first season as Utah State's defensive ends coach.

Filimoeatu (Fee-lee-moe-ee-ah-tu) was a two-year starting linebacker at Utah State (2011-12) for Andersen, helping the Aggies to a pair of bowl games and the 2012 Western Athletic Conference title. While at USU, he made 112 tackles (48 solo), eight sacks and one interception. He finished his college career at the 2012 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game.

Following college, Filimoeatu spent the 2014 season playing linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, appearing in eight games.

Filimoeatu has spent the past two seasons as the linebackers coach at Mountain West foe San José State and prior to that was a quality control defensive coach at Oregon State in 2016. At SJSU, Filimoeatu coached linebacker Ethan Aguayo to honorable mention all-Mountain West honors this past season as the junior led the Spartans in total tackles with 106 and ranked 29th nationally with an average of 9.6 tackles per game. Aguayo recorded a career-high 20 tackles against Nevada this fall and posted double-digit stops six times during the 2018 season.

During the 2017 season, Filimoeatu coached junior linebacker Frank Ginda, who became just the second Spartan linebacker to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors. As a junior, Ginda established a single-season conference record and the eighth-best total by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player with 173 tackles. His 13.31 tackles per game average presently ranks 20th best among FBS players since the 2000 season when the NCAA standardized defensive statistics.

Prior to transferring to Utah State, Filimoeatu spent two years (2009-10) at Mt. San Antonio College in California, earning first-team All-America honors, as well as Defensive Player of the Year, for one publication. He was ranked as the No. 36 overall junior college prospect in the country after making 62 tackles, including 22 for loss, with 13 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles during his career. He earned MVP honors of the state and national JC championship games.

Filimoeatu attended Granger High School in Utah, where he played linebacker and fullback. He earned All-Region 6 honors as a junior and senior.

Filimoeatu, who graduated from Utah State with an interdisciplinary studies degree with an emphasis in sociology and physical education, is married to former USU softball player Hailey Froton. Froton was a two-time all-conference player for the Aggies and is the school-record holder with 132 career RBIs. The couple has one son, Johnny.

Safties
Mike Caputo

Mike Caputo, an All-American safety at Wisconsin, is in his first season as Utah State's safeties coach.

Caputo (Ku-pooh-toe) comes to Utah State after spending the past two seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at LSU working with former USU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. During his two years in Baton Rouge, Caputo helped the Tigers to a combined 18-7 record, including a 11-5 mark in the Southeastern Conference, and back-to-back New Year's Bowl games.

Caputo played safety at Wisconsin from 2012-15, including two seasons under Andersen. In all, he played in 53 games, making 40 starts, and was part of a senior class that posted a 38-16 record over four years, including wins in the Outback (Jan. 1, 2015) and Holiday (Dec. 20, 2015) bowls, in addition to the 2012 Big Ten Championship and 2014 Big Ten West Division title. For his career, he recorded 244 total tackles, including 10.0 tackles for loss, while adding three interceptions, 20 passes defended, four forced fumbles and five fumbles recovered, while notching six career double-digit tackle games.

In all, Caputo started 39 out of a possible 40 games during his final three seasons in Madison and earned second-team All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) following his junior campaign. As a junior, he led the Badgers with 106 tackles, which included 1.0 sacks and 6.0 tackles for loss, while adding four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and six passes defended.

Caputo, who was named a consensus second-team all-Big Ten safety as both a junior and senior, posted 65 tackles, to go along with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and eight passes defended during his senior season. He then played in the 2016 East-West Shrine Game and earned Defensive MVP honors after recording three tackles and two interceptions.

As a sophomore at Wisconsin, Caputo earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors from the media as he ranked second on the team with 63 total tackles.

Following his collegiate career, Caputo received a training camp invitation from the New Orleans Saints and later signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams prior to the 2016 season.

Caputo graduated from Wisconsin in 2015 with degrees in life sciences communication and certificate in entrepreneurship.

Cornerbacks
Mark Orphey

Mark Orphey, who has eight years of collegiate coaching experience, is in his first season as Utah State’s cornerbacks coach.

Orphey (Or-Fay) comes to Utah State after spending the past two seasons as the secondary coach at Montana State. During the 2018 season, Orphey helped the Bobcats to an 8-5 record, including a 5-3 mark in the Big Sky Conference, and an appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs for the first time since 2014. MSU also advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

In 2018, Bobcat defensive backs produced nine interceptions and six forced fumbles under Orphey’s guidance, and the Cats finished in the top half of the league in interceptions (12), passing yards allowed (213.5 yards per game) and passing efficiency defense (124.16). In his first year at Montana State in 2017, Orphey molded a youthful group of cornerbacks into a secondary that finished fifth in the Big Sky Conference in pass defense, allowing 239.5 yards per game.

During his two seasons at Montana State, Orphey coached four players to all-conference honors in safety Jahque Alleyn (2018), cornerback Greg Filer (2018), safety Brayden Konkol (2018) and safety Bryson McCabe (2017).

Prior to Montana State, Orphey spent four seasons at South Carolina, serving as a quality control assistant (2013) and defensive graduate assistant (2014-16). With the Gamecocks, Orphey helped the team to three bowl games (2013 Capital One Bowl, 2014 Independence Bowl, 2016 Birmingham Bowl) and the team’s third-straight 11-win season in 2013. South Carolina also earned two of its 12 all-time bowl wins during Orphey’s time there.

During his four seasons at South Carolina, Orphey coached four players to all-conference honors in Chris Lammons (2015), Al Harris Jr. (2015), Brison Williams (2013) and Victor Hampton (2013).

Orphey began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater as the cornerbacks coach at Texas Southern. During his two seasons with the Tigers, he mentored Tray Walker to all-conference and All-America honors in 2012, and Jerome Thomas to all-conference honors in 2011.

Orphey was a three-year starter at cornerback at Texas Southern, earning all-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors as a junior and senior (2009-10).

A native of Houston, Texas, Orphey graduated from Texas Southern in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned his master’s degree from South Carolina in 2015 in health information technology.

Director of Player Personnel
Keegan Andersen

Keegan Andersen, a three-year letterwinner at tight end for the Aggies from 2011-13, is in his first season as Utah State's Director of Player Personnel.

Andersen comes to Utah State after spending the 2018 season as the assistant director of player personnel for the University of Utah football program. Prior to that, Andersen spent three seasons on staff at Oregon State, including serving as the assistant director of football operations for two years (2016-17). He also spent the 2015 season as an offensive graduate assistant coach for the Beavers, and in 2014, was a defensive graduate assistant at Wisconsin.

Andersen, who spent four seasons with the Aggies, earned Mountain West and Western Athletic Conference academic honors three times. He graduated from USU in 2013 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. During the 2013 season, as a junior, he started nine games for the eventual Poinsettia Bowl champions, as he caught 14 passes for 167 yards (11.9 yards per reception) and three touchdowns. He also was a member of USU's 2011 and 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl teams.

Andersen, who is the oldest son of current USU head football coach Gary Andersen, played for his father at USU from 2010-12. Keegan and his wife, Jen, were married in June 2014. The couple is expecting their first child, a girl, this May.