Aaron Roderick is the offensive coordinator of the Brigham Young University football team. He also coaches quarterbacks. He has been with BYU since 2018. He was nominated for the 2019 Broyles Award, college football’s top assistant coach award.
He played football for the Cougars when he was a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He was also a wide receiver for the Ricks College Vikings and earned All-America honors. He broke the school’s single-season punt and kick return record.
Roderick has had a career of coaching, first as a graduate student at BYU from 1999 to 2001, followed by Snow College (2002), and Southern Utah (2003–2004). He was brought to the University of Utah in 2005 and coached receivers until the end of 2009. He became the co-offensive coordinator in 2010, was receivers coach again the next season, was passing game coordinator in 2012 and 2013, quarterbacks coach in 2014, and then co-offensive coordinator again for 2015 and 2016. At the end of the 2016, Roderick’s contract wasn’t renewed because of the Ute offense’s inability to finish in the red zone. He told the Deseret News that he doesn’t feel bitter. “It didn’t end exactly the way I wanted. But I coached there for 12 years and we won 100-something games. It was great.”
Roderick was born on December 20, 1972, and lived the first few years of his life in Chicago, where his father was an air traffic controller at O’Hare International Airport. After the family moved back to Utah, he remembers coach Lynn Archibald taking an interest in him when he was a kid. “Coach Archibald showing an interest in me really started me thriving in sports,” Roderick said. Roderick excelled in three sports at Bountiful High School.
Roderick was recruited by BYU, thanks to Archibald, who showed Norm Chow a VHS tape of Roderick’s highlights. At BYU, Roderick caught 24 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns and returned 38 punts for 328 yards in two seasons (1997 and 1998).
Roderick served a mission to Bogota, Colombia, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.