Utahns React to the Passing of LaVell Edwards

Edwards passes away at the age of 86

Utahns, and those across the nation are mourning the loss of LaVell Edwards. 

We've compiled a list of their statements.

BYU President Kevin J Worthen

Tom Holmoe, Director of BYU Athletics

University of Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham

"It was heartbreaking to hear the news of Coach Edwards' passing.  He was a close friend of our family and we will all miss him.  I have many fond memories of Coach Edwards and was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play under his tutelage as well as coach under him as a graduate assistant.  He made such a positive impact on so many lives and to me that is what his legacy is all about and what's most important."

Gov. Gary Herbert

“Jeanette and I were saddened to learn of Coach LaVell Edwards’ passing this morning. The Edwards’ have been good friends to my family for many years. Of course LaVell will be remembered and revered as one of the great coaches of all time for the way he transformed BYU Football into a national powerhouse. But just as important is how he worked to transform young men into successful and better human beings. He truly cared about his players both on and off the field.


A big part of what made him such a legend was his example of excellence in sportsmanship -- he always showed the utmost respect for his opponents. LaVell was not just a great coach, but more importantly, LaVell Edwards was a good man and a decent human being. He and his wife Patti have always been great examples to me about how to conduct one’s life.


LaVell was both a legend, and a friend. Our prayers are with Patti and entire Edwards family at this time. LaVell, you will be dearly missed.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend, LaVell Edwards. Coach Edwards was a gentle giant of the gridiron—a humble yet confident leader who guided the BYU football program through decades of unprecedented success. He was a champion both on and off the field. For thousands of athletes and millions of fans across the nation, LaVell was far more than a steady presence on the sideline; he was a visionary leader, a father figure, and a trusted friend. I will be forever grateful for my own friendship with LaVell Edwards. He was not only one of the most successful coaches in college football history but one of the greatest men I ever knew. Today, my prayers are with Patti and all members of the Edwards family.”

Sen. Mike Lee

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Patty and the rest of the Edwards family today. They have all been inspirational leaders of our community for decades. Coach Edwards' passing is a huge loss for our family, Brigham Young University, and the state of Utah.”


Rep. Jason Chaffetz


President of NAACP Jeanetta Williams

"Coach Edwards had a profound impact on the players who played for him. He was a mentor to them. He was a great coach and man of honor. He is the face and name when folks remember him and all that he did for the game and for BYU."

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