LOGAN, Utah — Utah State football coach Gary Andersen announced Thursday that former USU defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a (pronounced Cow-ha-a-ha-a) has left the Aggie staff to join the University of Utah staff, where he will serve in the same capacity for the Utes.Kauha’aha’a served on Andersen’s staff for two season, coaching the Aggie defensive line both seasons.Last season Kauha’aha’a coached defensive end Levi Koskan, who led USU and ranked 11th in the Western Athletic Conference with 8.5 tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks.Kauha’aha’a came to Utah State after four years at Weber State, helping WSU to a share of the 2008 Big Sky Conference title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2008 Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.A native of Maui, Hawaii, Kauha’aha’a was a three-year letterwinner at Utah, playing linebacker in 1993 before redshirting in 1994. Moving to defensive line in 1995, he was a second-team all-WAC selection in 1995 after posting seven sacks as part of his 70 tackles. In 1996, he garnered second-team all-WAC accolades, despite missing three games with a knee injury, leading Utah with six tackles for a loss, including four sacks. He was a two-time recipient of Utah’s Walt DeLand Award, presented each year to the Ute football player who overcomes adversity to make a contribution. His 110 career tackles for loss yardage is No. 11 on Utah’s career list.Prior to Weber State, Kauha’aha’a was head coach at Baldwin High School on the island of Maui, Hawai’i, where he posted a 25-5-2 record in three seasons, winning two Maui Interscholastic League championships. His teams finished ranked among the top five in the state each of those three seasons.Earning his bachelor’s degree in sociology, Kauha’aha’a graduated from Utah in 1996. He and his wife, the former Walene Reyes, have two children, Walter and Chaseten.Utah State concluded the 2010 season with a 4-8 overall record and 2-6 WAC mark.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.?-USU-
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