Jan. 11, 2011
Robert Anae, a 17-year Division I coaching veteran, was hired today by Mike Stoops to be offensive line coach and running game coordinator at the University of Arizona.
Anae, 52, has been offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach at Brigham Young for the past six seasons and has a strong background in offensive football as a former BYU player under LaVell Edwards and five years spent in Lubbock, Texas, on then coach Mike Leach's Texas Tech staff from 2000-04.
"Robert's a perfect fit for what we're doing," Stoops said. "He brings a ton of experience to our program. He's been a successful coach wherever he's been, and he'll be a great asset in our recruiting," Stoops said.
"I look forward to this opportunity. It's like a jump-start to my coaching career, again," Anae said. "It's very refreshing to be here and I'm eager to work with the staff and players. I really think we're on the verge of something special on offense and I'm grateful to Mike for the opportunity." he said.
Anae replaces Bill Bedenbaugh, who worked as Stoops' offensive line coach since 2007 and co-offensive coordinator in 2010. Seth Littrell, running back and tight ends coach, will take over solo offensive coordinator duties for UA after serving with Bedenbaugh last year in his second year on the staff, Stoops said.
Anae began his coaching career as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line at Hawaii in 1986-87, working Dick Tomey's final season in Honolulu before he took the Arizona job. He then was a grad assistant for a pair of years at BYU in 1990 and 1991 before coaching the offensive line at Ricks College in Idaho from 1992-95.