Bill Khayat

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Bill Khayat
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2004 Arizona Cardinals
Professional Football Coach
  • Position Played:Tight End
  • Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Run Game Coordinator / Special Teams Co-Coordinator / Quarterbacks / Tight Ends / Assistant Offensive Line
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-03-26) March 26, 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth: Camden, New Jersey
Career information
College: Duke
Undrafted: 1996
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable Mention All-America 1994
  • All-ACC (2nd Team) 1994, 1995
  • All-Carolina 1994
  • ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week versus Clemson 1994
  • First Tight End in 25 years to lead Duke in receiving
  • Set records for receptions and yardage, Hall of Fame Bowl 1995
  • Duke University Outstanding Receiver Award 1994
  • Duke University Leading Receiver 1994

Bill Khayat (born March 26, 1973) is an American football coach and former collegiate and professional tight end. He is currently the head football coach at Brevard College.

Early life[edit]

Khayat attended York Catholic High School in York, Pennsylvania, where he was a three-sport letterman. In baseball, he was an All-County catcher. In basketball, he was the starting center for the 1990 State Champion Fighting Irish. In football, Khayat was a First Team All-State tight end and was selected to play in the Big 33 game. His jersey (No. 30) was retired in 1991. In 2002, Khayat was inducted into the York Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Playing career[edit]


Khayat attended and played college football at Duke University as a tight end from 1992-95. He was twice named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team and was an honorable mention All-America choice in 1994. Khayat became the first Duke tight end to lead the team in receptions in 25 years. He also set records for receptions (11) and yards (109) in the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl. Khayat finished his college career with 105 receptions for 1,155 yards and seven touchdowns.

Khayat earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke in 1995. He was on the Dean’s List with Distinction at Duke and was named to the Academic All-ACC Football team.


After going undrafted, Khayat was on the practice squads of the Kansas City Chiefs (1996) and the Carolina Panthers (1997), and in 1998 he played for the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Khayat was previously at Tennessee State University for four seasons as the school’s tight ends coach and video coordinator (2000–02) and running backs coach and recruiting coordinator (2003). During his two stints at TSU, he coached three players in two different positions who earned All-America honors: running back Charles Anthony (2003) and tight ends Steve Farmer (2001) and A. C. Leonard (2013).

Khayat then spent three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2004–06) as offensive quality control coach and assistant offensive line coach. From 2007-2009, he served as the offensive quality control coach and assistant tight ends coach for the Washington Redskins.

Khayat went on to coach two seasons in the United Football League as the tight ends coach and assistant offensive line coach for the Sacramento Mountain Lions (2010–11). Soon after, Khayat accepted the role as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for the North team at the Players All-Star Classic in Little Rock, AR (2012). Khayat accepted the same responsibilities for the East West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, FL (2013). In 2014, he was a tight ends coach and assistant offensive line coach for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Carson, CA and was a tight ends coach again in the 2015 game. In 2015, he was named the run game coordinator and tight ends coach for the Utah Stand of the MLFB (Major League Football), a new professional spring league (since disbanded). In 2016, he was selected as the head coach for the Tropic Bowl in North Miami Beach, FL, where he also was the offensive coordinator, the quarterbacks coach and tight ends coach. He spent the 2016 season as the running backs coach and assistant special teams coach at Scottsdale Community College.

NFL head coaches for whom Khayat worked include Dennis Green, Joe Gibbs, Jim Zorn, Mike Holmgren (NFLPA Collegiate Bowl) and Jerry Glanville (East West Shrine Game) and offensive coordinators Al Saunders, Sherman Smith, Keith Rowen, Mike Kruczek, and Alex Wood.

Personal life[edit]

His father, Eddie Khayat, was the starting defensive tackle for the 1960 World Champion Philadelphia Eagles and was named the team’s head coach in 1971. He is a thirty-five year veteran of the NFL, ten as a player and twenty-five as a coach. His uncle Robert Khayat, the Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Mississippi, was a Pro Bowl kicker for the Washington Redskins and the recipient of the NFL’s Alumni Achievement Award and the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award. His mother, Deborah Dearing Khayat, is the author of Gathered Blooms and Abraham Lincoln: A Life in Verse. His wife, Jenny Brooks, a former co-host of Phoenix radio station KDKB’s Morning Show, is the founder and president of Brooks Advertising, Inc.


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