Aaron Roderick will return as the receivers and passing game coordinator at the University of Utah after accepting an assistant coaching position at BYU on Wednesday, according to Ute officials.
Roderick has been a member of Kyle Whittingham’s staff since Whittingham was appointed Utah’s head coach in 2005.
“Aaron decided his heart was at Utah and with our football program and asked me for the opportunity to return,” said Whittingham in a press release issued by the school Thursday at noon. “Aaron has been a valuable member of our coaching staff for the past eight years and is an excellent coach and recruiter. We are pleased he chose to stay with us.”
Roderick told a Salt Lake Tribune reporter that he was not making the move to strong-arm the school for a raise. Roderick makes about $200,000 a year.
The former BYU player, who was hired to help the offense now run by Robert Anae, has twice taken a job then retracted it and returned to Utah. He was at Washington briefly in 2009, hired by former BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian, before deciding he wanted to stay with Whittingham.
It's been a tumultuous journey for Roderick with the Utes, considering he was also demoted two seasons ago when Whittingham hired former quarterback Brian Johnson to be the offensive coordinator, a year after the head coach tabbed legendary brain Norm Chow.
Still, the change of heart leaves BYU again looking for a positions coach, as Roderick was expected to coach the receivers after head coach Bronco Mendenhall and Anae opted not to renew the contract of popular two-year assistant Ben Cahoon.
“The response from my players, our coaches and the fans left me overwhelmed and I realized how much I loved it here and didn’t want to leave,” said Roderick. “I believe in coach Whittingham and this program and I want to continue to be a part of it.”