April 10, 2007

Q&A with coach Alford

Utah fans that have had the opportunity to attend spring practice sessions may have noticed a new face guiding the Utah cornerbacks. Aaron Alford is Utah's latest addition to the coaching staff, and has the challenge of molding a talented but young secondary from a question mark to a strength.

UteZone had a chance to sit down with coach Alford and get his take on his background, teaching style, and where his players stand this season.

UteZone.com: As the newest coach on the staff, what is your background, where are you coming from?

Coach Alford: I came from the University of Akron in the Mid American Conference. What drew me here was that I had been here. I coached down at Southern Utah for two years, and a third year, I was the academic coordinator when Gary Andersen was the head coach. There was some familiarity with the staff. I knew Kalani Sitake, Aaron Roderick, and coach Andersen. When this thing opened up, I said, 'Hey I'd love to bring my family back to Utah - because my wife's from Park City - and there's nothing like coaching what's basically home. Your wife's home is your home. It's exciting. We're one of the top programs in the country. We've got a great place, a great fan base, and I'm happy to be here.

UteZone.com: Does it make a difference to come in and already have a strong working relationship with the rest of the coaching staff?

Coach Alford: Yeah, because you know what people's mannerisms are, you know their expectations. You know the high standard that coach Whittingham has for this program, and you meet them.

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