“I have decided to resign at BYU and look forward to taking on the next chapter in my life and career,” Anae said. “I want to express my gratitude to this university and to Coach Mendenhall for the opportunity I have had to coach at my alma mater and all we were able to accomplish over the past six seasons.”
Anae has served as offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach on the Cougar coaching staff since coming to BYU from Texas Tech in 2005.
Mike Leach, Anae's former boss at Texas Tech was scheduled to interview for the coaching vacancy at Maryland on Thursday. Some have speculated that Anae might follow Leach to Maryland, should he get the job.
“I have tremendous respect for Robert Anae,” BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “Robert is extremely loyal and trustworthy and a man of principle, faith and character. I appreciate all he has done for our program and for me personally the past six years. I consider him a dear friend.”
As BYU’s inside receivers coach, Anae helped a Cougar tight end 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 an NCAA 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, 2008) in the past six seasons.
A 17-year coaching veteran at five different schools, 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. 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 and achieving an overall record of 56-21 (.727).