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March 26, 1973|
Camden, New Jersey
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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.
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 Major League Football, a proposed professional spring league that never launched. 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.
In January 2017, Khayat was named the head coach (and offensive coordinator/tight ends coach) at Brevard College, a school whose football program had only one winning season (2009) in its 10-year NCAA history. Despite the late start and a total of just 24 returnees, only six of whom were seniors, he was able to put together an 88-man roster. Even though the majority were freshmen, the team would post double the victories than the seniors had seen in their entire careers to date. New individual and team records in every aspect of the game were set, and USA South Conference leaders in offense, defense and special teams emerged as well.
The 2017 Brevard College offense finished among the top five in program history in seven major categories including ranking first in passing yards and first quarter points. Junior transfer quarterback, O’Shay Carter, playing behind an all-freshmen offensive line, was the first player in BC’s 11-year NCAA history to pass for at least 100 yards in eight straight contests and have four multi-TD passing performances in a single season. His 8-game single season record of completions, yards, and touchdowns surpassed the career records of previous BC quarterbacks. Even though he missed the first and last games due to injury, he ranked second in the conference in yards per game, completions, and touchdowns.
Reassigned quarterbacks, Tyler Gregory and Bubba Craven, also set records. First-time tight end Gregory led that position in USA South Conference play with 43 catches and 497 receiving yards. His 14-catch, 225-yard performance against N.C. Wesleyan set a program record in both categories and earned him recognition on D3football.com’s Team of the Week. First-time wide receiver Craven’s 11 touchdowns ranked first in the conference and his receiving yards ranked second. His individual 868 receiving yards in 2017 were more than the combined yardage of the entire receiving corps in 10 of the past 11 seasons.
Defensive players set individual program records and ranked first, second, and third in various categories in conference play. True freshmen set special teams records: kicker, Joseph Calhoun, had a conference best 100% PAT completion rate, and Malik Silva was the first BC player in their NCAA history to block two punts in the same contest, returning the second for a 34-yard touchdown. Sophomore Xavier Brown returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the first time in program history.
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.
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, an Arizona State University graduate and former co-host of Phoenix radio station KDKB’s Morning Show, is the founder and president of Brooks Advertising, Inc.