Robert Anae coached with Dick Tomey in 1986 at Hawaii.
Photo from BYU
Less than an hour after coach Mike Stoops offered an assistant coaching position to Robert Anae — who accepted — the former BYU offensive coordinator called the man who gave him his first coaching job.
“He is really fired up about being a Wildcat,” Tomey said Tuesday night from his home in Hawaii.
“I have talked to him several times, and he is so excited about coming to Tucson. … He is fortunate to be coming to Arizona, and Arizona is fortunate he’s coming. It’s a win-win.”
Arizona athletic director Greg Byrnebroke news of the hiring on his Twitter account on Tuesday night, although it was already well-known that Anae was likely to replace offensive line coach and co-offensive coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who is leaving for West Virginia.
Still to be determined (or announced) is whether Anae will handle any of the coordinator or play-calling duties.
Anae, 52, was a standout offensive lineman for BYU and played on the Cougars’ 1984 national championship squad. One the BYU’s closest calls in that undefeated season was an 18-13 victory over Tomey’s Hawaii team.
“We played against him. He and his brother (Brad, a defensive end) were both great players. They were a thorn in our side,” Tomey said.
“His dad was a great coach on the islands, and we were fortunate enough that Robert elected to come with as a graduate assistant.”