A coaching icon with success and longevity paralleled by few, LaVell Edwards guided Brigham Young to heights never before reached in the program's history. Prior to his arrival in 1972, the BYU program had won only 173 games over 49 seasons, including just 14 winning seasons, and the Cougars had never been to a bowl game.
During the following 29 seasons from 1972-2000, Edwards amassed a 257-101-3 record for a .716 winning percentage. In 19 of those 29 seasons, the Cougars claimed the conference titles, and Edwards guided the team to 22 bowl appearances. Edwards reached the pinnacle of coaching success in 1984 by winning the national championship. His 257 wins rank him seventh in NCAA Division I-A history, and he has more victories than every other coach in BYU history combined. At the helm, Edwards coached one Heisman Trophy winner, two Outland Trophy recipients, four Davey O’Brien awardees and 31 All-Americas and four College Football Hall of Famers.
BYU’s success didn’t come without personal reward for Edwards either. He was named NCAA District 8 Coach of the Year eight times, Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year in 1979 and AFCA National Coach of the Year in 1984. Named the State of Utah's Coach of the Century, Edwards is a member of the State of Utah Sports Hall of Fame and BYU’s stadium bears his name.
Born Oct. 11, 1930 as the eighth of 14 children, Edwards graduated from Lincoln High School in Orem. He attended Utah State University, where he was an all-conference lineman before serving a two-year commitment in the Army.
Edwards passed away Dec. 29, 2016. He was 86.