Utah has opted to stay in house in hiring retired defensive coordinator John Pease’s successor. In a statement from the university, it was announced that safeties coach Morgan Scalley has been promoted to the position.
“We appreciate the passion, energy and coaching expertise that John Pease brought to our program on a daily basis,” Whittingham said in a released statement. “While we completely understand his decision to retire, players and coaches alike are sorry to see him leave. Through the years, John has had a major impact on Utah football as a player, coach and longtime friend and advisor.”
“Morgan has played an ever increasing role in our overall defensive scheming the past few seasons and is ready to take the reigns as the defensive coordinator,” said Whittingham. “He is bright, innovative and hard working.”
This is a great hire for Utah, as Scalley is a former Ute himself and was the 2004 Mountain West co-Defensive Player of the Year. In his time playing for the Utes, he established himself as a fine kickoff and punt returner and also had six interceptions his senior season. After he graduated, he came back to Utah in 2006 as an administrative assistant for the football team, then a graduate assistant the next year, and has been a full-time member of the staff since 2008.
Needless to say, with Utah having ranked 39th in total defense last season, look for Scalley to maintain growth and momentum in Salt Lake City!
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