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.
He coached the front for a year at Boise State in 1986 before moving to UNLV for a pair of seasons, the final as running game coordinator along with his line duties in 1988. He then worked as the line coach for Leach in five seasons from 2000 to 2004, crossing paths with current UA assistant Dave Nichol, who was a G.A. at Tech from 2003-05, and the line coach Anae replaces, Bill Bedenbaugh, who was a Tech grad assistant from 2000-02 and running backs coach in Anae's final two years in Lubbock. Anae was a Frank Broyles Award nominee for assistant coach of the year in 2003.
Bronco Mendenhall hired Anae as offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach in spring of 2005. At BYU he helped craft a 56-21 record in the past six years. One loss came to Stoops' 2008 Arizona team, 31-21, in the Las Vegas Bowl, among 17 college bowl games in which Anae has coached.
As BYU's inside receivers coach, Anae helped Cougar tight ends earn All-Mountain West Conference honors six times, including five first-team awards. BYU tight ends also achieved national accolades under Anae's tutelage as Jonny Harline received first-team All-America honors in 2006 and Dennis Pitta was named a consensus All-American in 2009.
During Anae's tenure as offensive coordinator, BYU earned top-25 NCAA statistical rankings in different offensive categories on 28 occasions, including 13 times in the top 10. The Cougars have ranked in the top 25 in third-down efficiency each of Anae's six seasons, including a No. 1 rating in 2009 and No. 2 rankings in 2008 and 2006. BYU achieved a top-6 passing offense three times (2005, 2006, and 2008) in the past six seasons. Two quarterbacks operating his offenses, John Beck and Max Hall, went on to the NFL.
Anae has been part of many of BYU's most successful teams as both a player and a coach. An offensive lineman, he was a member of BYU's National Championship team in 1984 and part of four bowl teams from 1981-84 while earning second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. He played in the Hula bowl in 1985 and was drafted by the New Jersey Generals in the USFL draft.
During the past six years as a coach at BYU, the Cougars have earned six bowl invitations with four bowl victories while winning two outright MWC championships. BYU whipped UTEP, 52-24, in December's New Mexico Bowl, accumulating 514 yards in total offense. BYU was 9-5 against Pac-12 teams during his recent six years in Provo.
Anae and his wife, Liane, have two sons, Famika and Max, and a daughter, Penny. His son was a freshman lineman for the Cougars in 2010. Anae's father, Famika, and brothers Brad and Matt, also played football for BYU.
He was born on Dec., 21, 1958, in Lai'e on Hawaii's north shore. He served a Mormon mission stateside in Tulsa, Okla. He graduated from BYU in 1986, took a master's degree in sociology from BYU in 1990 and earned his doctorate from Brigham Young in 1999 while serving as an assistant director in the BYU student-athlete center and NCAA Life Skills director. He is Arizona's first-ever football coach with a doctoral degree.
The Anae File Date of Birth: Dec. 21, 1958, Lai'e, Hawaii College: Brigham Young '86; M.S. Hawaii '90, Ph.D. BYU `99 Career: BYU 1981-84, offensive line Family: Wife Liane, sons Famika Jr. and Max, daughter Penny
Anae's Coaching History 2005-10 Offensive Coordinator, Inside Receivers, BYU 2000-04 Offensive Line, Texas Tech 1998 Offensive Line, running game coordinator, UNLV 1997 Offensive Line, UNLV 1996 Offensive Line, Boise State 1992-95 Offensive Line, Ricks College 1990-91 Offensive Line grad assistant, BYU 1986-87 Offensive Line coach, Hawai'i
Anae in the Bowls 2010 New Mexico Bowl, BYU coordinator 2009 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator 2008 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator 2007 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator 2006 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator 2005 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator 2004 Holiday Bowl, Texas Tech assistant 2003 Houston Bowl, Texas Tech assistant 2002 Tangerine Bowl, Texas Tech assistant 2001 Alamo Bowl, Texas Tech assistant 2000 Gallery Furniture Bowl, Texas Tech assistant 1995 Real Dairy Bowl, Ricks College assistant 1994 Real Dairy Bowl, Ricks College assistant 1993 Real Dairy Bowl, Ricks College assistant 1992 Real Dairy Bowl, Ricks College assistant 1991 Holiday Bowl, BYU grad assistant 1990 Holiday Bowl, BYU grad assistant 1984 Holiday Bowl, BYU player 1983 Holiday Bowl, BYU player 1982 Holiday Bowl, BYU player 1981 Holiday Bowl, BYU player