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BYU Football announces five new support staff hires

ByJulie J. Helfer

Feb 25, 2022

PROVO, Utah – Ahead of spring training, BYU football announced five support staff hires. Hires include analysts and assistant strength and conditioning coaches.

Of the five hires, three were not on BYU’s football staff or program.

Part of the “unprecedented” expansion of Kalani Sitake that BYU announced in December included additional hirings of support staff, nutrition, recruiting, strength and conditioning, and other areas. The extension coincided with BYU’s upcoming move to the Big 12 Conference to increase resources and investment.

Here are the five additional hires BYU announced on Friday.

Gavin Fowler, defensive analyst

A former BYU safety, Fowler has been on the BYU coaching staff since his player eligibility ended. Fowler was a defensive graduate assistant for the past three seasons. When he finished his playing career at BYU, he knew he wanted to start a coaching career.

Fowler’s father, Blaine, was a former quarterback for BYU on the 1984 national championship team. He also had two older brothers who played for BYU in Kellen (2002-03, 2006-08) and Landon (2009 -2010).

Tyson McDaniel, offensive analyst

Tyson McDaniel was previously on the Arizona State support staff for two seasons from 2019 to 2020 under head coach Herm Edwards. A native of Mesa, Arizona, McDaniel played quarterback at Snow College in Ephraim during his playing career.

Matt Mitchell, Offensive Analyst

Mitchell was previously on BYU’s 2020 coaching staff as a graduate assistant under Jeff Grimes. He followed Grimes to Baylor as an offensive analyst last season during the Bears Big 12 Championship campaign.

A former Division III wide receiver at Wheaton (Ill.) College, Mitchell made coaching stops at Notre Dame and Western Kentucky. In 2018, Mitchell was a full-time quarterbacks coach on the Western Kentucky staff under former Hilltopper head coach Mike Sanford Jr.

Spencer Reid, Strength & Conditioning Assistant

Reid is the son of Kansas City Chiefs head coach and former BYU offensive lineman Andy Reid. Prior to BYU, Reid was most recently an assistant strength coach for Steve Addazio’s Colorado State program for the past two years.

Dalton Elliott, Strength and Conditioning Assistant

Elliott comes to BYU via Utah State, where he was also a strength and conditioning assistant for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant for the Aggies. In 2018, Elliott was an intern for LSU Football.

Other hirings are in progress

BYU announced earlier this week that it is hiring a full-time recruiting graphic designer. This would be a new position that would lead the creative strategy for BYU’s football recruiting efforts. Another sign that BYU is investing more than ever in its transition to the Big 12 Conference.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.