Kauha'aha'a Named DL Coach
Jan. 4, 2018

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State has hired Chad Kauha'aha'a as its defensive line coach, head coach Bryan Harsin announced Thursday.

"Chad is a great person and wants to be part of this culture," Harsin said. "We have a blue collar group returning along the defensive line, and I'm excited to see Chad have the opportunity to work with them. He has worked with and developed some high level players over the years at Wisconsin, Utah and Oregon State."

Kauha'aha'a (pronounced cow-ha-a-ha-a) spent each of the last three seasons at Oregon State, serving as the associate head coach for the final two. He coached defensive line for the Beavers all three years, and added outside linebackers in 2016.

He has also coached defensive line at Wisconsin (2013-14), Utah (2011-12), Utah State (2009-10) and Weber State (2005-08), and was the head coach at Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawai'i, from 2002-04.

"Boise State is a program that I have watched and admired for years, and now to be a part of it, I can't tell you how excited we are," Kauha'aha'a said. "I am looking forward to working for a program that is rich in tradition, and with a staff that is coming off another tremendous championship season. I'm ready to get started."

Between stints with the Beavers, Badgers and Utes, 10 student-athletes coached by Kauha'aha'a reached the National Football League. Included was Utah's Star Lotulelei, a first-round selection by the Carolina Panthers in 2013.

Originally from Maui, Hawai'i, Kauha'aha'a played for Utah from 1993-96, where he was named All-WAC Honorable Mention in 1995, and to the All-WAC Mountain Division Second Team in his final season. He earned his bachelor's in sociology from Utah in 1997. Kauha'aha'a and his wife Lena have two sons, Kalei and Kalena.


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