Robert Anae enters his third season at Virginia on Bronco Mendenhall’s staff and is the offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach.
Anae (Ah-NIGH) oversaw quarterback Kurt Benkert's record-breaking season in 2017. The UVA senior quarterback became the first player in program history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season. Benkert finished the season with 3,207 passing yards and a single-season program record 298 completions. Benkert's 25 passing touchdowns in 2017 rank No. 2 all-time at UVA for a season. Anae's offense also created the first UVA receiving trio to each amass at least 600 receiving yards in the same season as Olamide Zaccheaus (895), Andre Levrone (689) and Doni Dowling (647) accomplished the feat.
In 2016 Anae oversaw an offense that boasted Taquan Mizzell, the first player in ACC history to record at least 1,500 career rushing and 1,500 career receiving yards. UVA quarterback Kurt Benkert set a couple passing marks in Anae’s offense, including a program record for passing yards in a game with 421 against Central Michigan, which was only the second time a UVA quarterback surpassed 400 passing yards in a game. Benkert also became the fastest quarterback in a season to reach 1,000 and 2,000 yards of passing, doing so in four and eight games, respectively.
In 2013, Anae led the BYU offense to a No. 14 national ranking, including a No. 10 finish in rushing offense, setting a school record with 3,475 rushing yards. He helped coach two 1,000-yard rushers in Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams.
Anae was at BYU from 2005-10 and returned in 2013 after spending the 2010 and 2011 seasons at Arizona under Mike Stoops and Rich Rodriguez, serving as offensive line coach both seasons and run game coordinator under Stoops. Arizona’s offense ranked in the top 16 both years and was in the top 25 in passing both seasons as well. Arizona produced the No. 3 passer nationally with Nick Foles, who averaged 360.8 passing yards per game in 2011 before being drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Wildcats’ offensive line, under Anae’s direction, blocked for the nation’s leading rusher in 2012 as Ka’Deem Carey totaled 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns on 303 carries.
Arizona ranked No. 7 in total offense in 2012 at 526.2 yards per game to help the Wildcats to an 8-5 record that included victories over nationally ranked Oklahoma State (59-38) and USC (39-36). The Wildcats scored 38.2 points per game to rank No. 16 nationally, including a 49-point output to defeat Nevada in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl. The point total was just three points off the New Mexico Bowl record of 52 points set by BYU in 2010 with Anae directing the Cougar offense.
During Anae’s first tenure as offensive coordinator at BYU, the Cougar offense was extremely successful, earning top-25 NCAA statistical rankings in 10 different offensive categories a total of 35 times, including 15 top-10 ratings. BYU ranked in the top 25 in third-down efficiency each of Anae’s six seasons (2005-10), including a No. 1 ranking in 2009 and No. 2 ratings in 2008 and 2006. The Cougars were in the top-6 in passing offense three times (2005, 2006, 2008) during his first tenure overseeing the BYU attack.
BYU’s offensive production under Anae helped produce the school’s top two rushers of all time (Harvey Unga: 3,455 yards; and Curtis Brown: 3,221 yards), the program’s top wide receiver in receiving yards, catches and touchdowns (Austin Collie: 3,255 yards and 30 touchdowns on 215 catches), BYU’s highest achieving tight end in both receiving yards and catches (Dennis Pitta: 2,901 yards on 221 receptions) and the Cougars’ winningest all-time quarterback (Max Hall: 32 victories as a starter). Hall and John Beck, who also played quarterback during Anae’s tenure, both went on to the NFL with Beck earning All-America accolades at BYU. Dennis Pitta, meanwhile, not only set the BYU record for receiving yards by a tight end, but also is No. 1 in that category in NCAA history.
As BYU’s inside receivers coach from 2005-2010, Anae helped Pitta, Jonny Harline and Andrew George earn a combined six All-Mountain West Conference tight end honors, including five first-team awards. BYU tight ends also achieved national accolades under Anae’s tutelage as Harline received first-team All-America honors in 2006 and Pitta was named an NCAA Consensus All-American in 2009.
Anae has been part of many of BYU’s most successful teams as both a player and a coach. As BYU’s offensive coordinator, the Cougars earned bowl invitations each season, while winning two outright MWC championships. He was an offensive lineman on BYU’s National Championship team in 1984 and part of four bowl teams from 1981-84, while earning second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. BYU achieved a 43-7 record during Anae’s playing days under Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards. He played in the Hula bowl in 1985 and was drafted by the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.
A three-time Frank Broyles Award nominee for Assistant Coach of the Year (nominated at Texas Tech, BYU and Arizona), Anae is a 27-year coaching veteran at eight different schools. Anae’s first stint as offensive coordinator at BYU came following five seasons coaching with Mike Leach at Texas Tech from 2000-2004. As offensive line coach for the Red Raiders, Anae helped put together some of the most prolific offenses in the NCAA. The Texas Tech offense ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing three out of Anae’s five years and in the top 11 the remaining two. The Red Raiders also ranked in the top six in total offense three times, including 582.8 yards per game to lead the nation in 2003—the fifth-best mark in NCAA history.
Anae began his coaching career as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line at Hawaii under Dick Tomey in 1986-87. He then was a graduate assistant for a pair of years at BYU in 1990 and 1991 before coaching the offensive line at Ricks College in Idaho from 1992-95. Anae coached the offensive front for a year at Boise State in 1996 before moving to UNLV for a pair of seasons, the final as running game coordinator along with his line duties in 1998.
Anae and his wife, Liane, have two sons and a daughter. His son Famika played on the offensive line at BYU before ending his career during the 2012 season due to injuries. Anae's father, Famika Sr., and brothers Brad and Matt, also played football for BYU.
He was born in California in 1958 and raised in Laie on Hawaii's north shore. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tulsa, Okla., from 1978-80. He graduated from BYU in 1986, obtained a master's degree in sociology from BYU in 1990 and earned his doctorate in sociology from BYU in 1999 while serving as an assistant director in the Brigham Young student-athlete center and NCAA Life Skills director.
|Coach Anae (Ah-NIGH)
|High School||Kahuku HS, Kahuku, Hawaii, 1977|
|Graduate School||BYU, 1990, M.S. sociology; 1999, Ph.D. sociology|
|Family||wife, Liane; two sons and a daughter|
|Drafted in the third round of the 1985 USFL Draft by the New Jersey Generals|
|1986-87 - Hawaii
Offensive Graduate Assistant
|1990-91 - BYU
Offensive Graduate Assistant
|1992-95 - Ricks College
|1996 - Boise State
|1997 - UNLV
|1998 - UNLV
Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator
|2000-04 - Texas Tech
|2005-10 - BYU
Offensive Coordinator/Inside Receivers
Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
|2012 - Arizona
|2013-15 - BYU
Offensive Coordinator/Inside Receivers
|2016-present - Virginia
Offensive Coordinator/Inside Receivers
|Holiday Bowl (1981) - player|
|Holiday Bowl (1982) - player|
|Holiday Bowl (1983) - player|
|Holiday Bowl (1984) - player|
|Holiday Bowl (1990)|
|Holiday Bowl (1991)|
|Real Dairy Bowl (1992)|
|Real Dairy Bowl (1993)|
|Real Dairy Bowl (1994)|
|Real Dairy Bowl (1995)|
|Galleryfurniture.com Bowl (2000)|
|Alamo Bowl (2001)|
|Tangerine Bowl (2002)|
|Houston Bowl (2003)|
|Holiday Bowl (2004)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2005)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2006)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2007)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2008)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2009)|
|New Mexico Bowl (2010)|
|New Mexico Bowl (2012)|
|Fight Hunger Bowl (2013)|
|Miami Beach Bowl (2014)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2015)|
|Military Bowl (2017)|
|Former Prominent Players Coached
|Ka'Deem Carey (Arizona)|
|John Beck (BYU)|
|Curtis Brown (BYU)|
|Austin Collie (BYU)|
|Max Hall (BYU)|
|Jonny Harline (BYU)|
|Dennis Pitta (BYU)|
|Harvey Unga (BYU)|
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