The Utes have hired Sione Po’uha to replace Gary Andersen as a coach on the defensive line. Andersen left Utah for the head coaching position at Utah State, where he coached three stops ago, before Oregon State and Wisconsin.
Po’uha played at Utah on the Fiesta Bowl team in 2005, before being drafted in the third round by the New York Jets. Po’uha played with the Jets from 2005 – 2012.
After his NFL career, Po’uha joined the Utes coaching staff before leaving to take the defensive line coaching job at Navy. Po’uha should immediately contribute to the coaching staff on the defensively side of the ball, and in recruiting.
The current Utah football coaching staff is full, but that could change should Andersen promote coaches to bigger roles at USU.
In the press release, Po’uha said, “I am so appreciative of Coach Whittingham for giving me the opportunity to come back and coach at my alma mater,” said Po’uha. “It was a dream of mine and I am excited about working with the players and coaches here.”