Dennis Erickson retires, Aaron Roderick fired from Utah football staff

Kyle Whittingham makes changes to offensive coaching staff

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - The Utes coaching staff is undergoing some major changes once again

Kyle Whittingham announced today that assistant head coach Dennis Erickson is retiring and co-offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick will not be retained.

Erickson, a legendary figure in football who won two national titles as the head coach at Miami (Fla.) and was the head coach at six colleges and for two NFL teams, retires after four seasons at Utah. Roderick spent 12 years at Utah as a member of Whittingham’s original staff in 2005.              

Both Erickson and Roderick served in a variety of capacities with the Utes—Erickson as the co-offensive coordinator (2013), running backs coach (2013-16) and assistant head coach (2015-16); and Roderick as the receivers coach (2005-13), quarterbacks coach (2014-16), passing game coordinator (2012-13) and co-offensive coordinator (2010, 2015-16).

“Both Dennis and Aaron have been instrumental to the success of our program and we appreciate their contributions,” said Whittingham. “Dennis is one of the most respected coaches in the history of college football and the opportunity to work side by side with him and learn from him has been an invaluable experience. Aaron has been an incredibly loyal member of our staff for many years and has been an integral part of this program’s growth.”

Whittingham did not cite a timetable for replacing the two coaches.


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