Edwards in 2010
October 11, 1930|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1954–1961||Granite HS (UT)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
1 National (1984)|
18 WAC (1974, 1976–1985, 1989–1993, 1995–1996)
1 MWC (1999)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1979)|
AFCA Coach of the Year (1984)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1984)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (2003)
College Football Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2004 (profile)
Reuben LaVell Edwards (born October 11, 1930) is a former American football head coach for Brigham Young University (BYU). With 257 career victories, he ranks as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. Among his many notable accomplishments, Edwards guided BYU to a national championship in 1984 and coached Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer in 1990.
Edwards played football for Utah State University and earned a master's degree at the University of Utah prior to coaching at BYU. While head football coach at BYU, Edwards also earned a doctorate. He and his wife served an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in New York City during 2002–2003.
Edwards serves as a National Advisor to ASCEND: A Humanitarian Alliance. This non-profit organization plans expeditions to African and South American countries to provide life skills mentoring with sustainable solutions in education, enterprise, health and simple technology.
Edwards was BYU's head football coach from 1972 to 2000. His offensive scheme was passing-dominated. He started coaching in an era when college football offenses were dominated by strong running attacks. His quarterbacks threw over 11,000 passes for more than 100,000 yards and 635 touchdowns. He got the idea to switch to a pass oriented team by looking at BYU's history. The BYU football program had struggled before Edwards with the notable exception of one conference championship that resulted from the aerial attack of Virgil Carter. This past success encouraged Edwards to open up the BYU offense.
Awards won by his players include a Heisman Trophy, a Doak Walker Award, a Maxwell Award, two Outland Trophies, four Davey O'Brien Awards, seven Sammy Baugh Awards, and 31 All-America citations, including 11 consensus All-Americans. In 1984, he was named National Coach of the Year after BYU finished the season 13–0 and won the National Championship. Edwards retired after the 2000 season with a 257–101–3 record for a .717 winning percentage.
Prior to Edwards' final game, the football stadium at BYU was renamed LaVell Edwards Stadium in his honor. At the time of his retirement, he ranked sixth in all-time victories. Edwards received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, presented by the American Football Coaches Association, in 2003.
In the 1980 Holiday Bowl, BYU rallied from a 45–25 deficit with only 4 minutes to play to defeat Southern Methodist University (SMU). Trailing 45–39 with seconds to go, McMahon completed a game-winning touchdown pass to Clay Brown.
Edwards remains a prominent leader and speaker for members of the LDS Church, which owns and operates BYU.
- 6th on NCAA all-time list for coaching victories (257)
- Member of the College Football Hall of Fame
- Coached 6 all-American quarterbacks
- His teams led the nation in passing offense 8 times
- His teams led the nation in total offense 5 times
- His teams led the nation in scoring offense 3 times
- Dick Felt, former BYU assistant athletic director / assistant head coach / defensive coordinator / defensive backfield coach (BYU defensive back / running back / punter)
- Mike Holmgren, former Seattle Seahawks Coach & Cleveland Browns President of Operations (BYU quarterbacks coach)
- Steve Sarkisian, former University of Southern California head coach (BYU quarterback)
- Hal Mumme, (SMU offensive coordinator)
- Norm Chow, former Hawaii head coach (BYU offensive coordinator)
- Dave Kragthorpe, former Oregon State head coach, (father of Steve Kragthorpe) (BYU offensive line coach)
- Kyle Whittingham, Utah head coach (BYU linebacker)
- Fred Whittingham, longtime NFL and college assistant coach (BYU defensive coordinator)
- Robert Anae University of Virginia Offensive Coordinator (BYU offensive lineman)
- Brian Billick, former NFL head coach (BYU tight end / graduate assistant)
- Ted Tollner, former USC head coach (BYU offensive coordinator)
- Doug Scovil, former SDSU head coach (BYU offensive coordinator)
- Brandon Doman, former BYU offensive coordinator (BYU quarterback)
- Tom Holmoe, BYU athletic director & former Cal head coach (BYU defensive back)
- Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs head coach (BYU lineman / graduate assistant)
- Charlie Stubbs, Louisville offensive coordinator (BYU graduate assistant)
- Mike Leach, Washington State University Head Coach, (Attended BYU)
- Kalani Sitake, BYU Head Coach, (BYU running back, graduate assistant)
Head coaching record
|BYU Cougars (Western Athletic Conference) (1972–1998)|
|1985||BYU||11–3||7–1||1st||L Florida Citrus||17||16|
|1996||BYU||14–1||8–0||1st (Mountain)||W Cotton||5||5|
|1998||BYU||9–5||7–1||T–1st (Pacific)||L Liberty|
|BYU Cougars (Mountain West Conference) (1999–2000)|
|1999||BYU||8–4||5–2||T–1st||L Motor City|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
| #Rankings from final Coaches Poll. |
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- Legends Poll
- List of presidents of the American Football Coaches Association
- List of college football coaches with 200 wins
- List of college football coaches who coached games in stadiums named after themselves
- A Legend in the Making
- “Lavell Edwards, His influence is felt across the World,” Shulte, Scott; Davis County Clipper, November 2006.
- LaVell Edwards at the College Football Hall of Fame
- LaVell Edwards at the College Football Data Warehouse
- BYU Hall of Fame profile
- BYU profile (2000)