SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Dec. 9, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah head football coach Kyle Whittingham announced Monday that defensive coordinator and safeties coach Morgan Scalley has agreed to terms on an amendment to his contract that will secure his position with the program long term.
“We are excited to announce that Morgan Scalley will continue to be a part of Utah football for years to come,” Whittingham said, by way of a press release from University of Utah Athletics.
“Morgan’s impact on our program as both a player and a coach has been invaluable to our success.”
Scalley was a finalist for the 2019 Broyles Award, honoring the top assistant coach in college football, the news release said. The Utes rank No. 1 in the FBS in rushing defense and third in total defense, and have held 10 of 13 opponents this season to fewer than 70 rushing yards, the most by any FBS team in a season since 2006. In his role coaching Utah’s safeties he mentors a unit whose two starters — Julian Blackmon and Terrell Burgess — have both been invited to the Senior Bowl, along with three other defensive standouts.
“I’m grateful to be in this position, and fully committed to the Utah Football Family,” Scalley said. “I sincerely appreciate Coach Whittingham and Mark Harlan for their trust and belief in me. I love this place, my family loves it here, and I am excited to continue working with our staff and players to build something special at the University of Utah.”
Scalley is in his 12th season as a full-time coach on the Utah staff, and his fourth as Utah’s defensive coordinator, the news release said. He has coached the safeties his entire time on the staff, and doubled as Utah’s recruiting coordinator from 2009-15 and special teams’ coordinator in 2015. He has been with the program in some capacity since 2001, earning All-America and Mountain West Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior safety for the Utes in 2004.
A two-time first-team Academic All-American, Scalley graduated magna cum laude from Utah and holds a master’s in business administration.