Friday, January 28, 2011

Tomey: Hiring of Robert Anae as assistant coach is a ‘win-win’

by Anthony Gimino on Jan. 04, 2011, under Sports

Robert Anae
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.
Dick Tomey.
“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 Byrne broke 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.”

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