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  Chad Kauha'aha'a
Chad Kauha'aha'a

Player Profile
Defensive Line

2nd Year

Alma Mater:
Utah, 1997


Football Plays at Utah State Friday

Utes-Aggies meet in Logan in ESPN2 TV game


Football Opens Season Thursday vs. No. Colorado

First football game televised on Pac-12 Network


Utes Attend Pac-12 Football Media Day

Whittingham, Lotulelei, White represent the Utes.


Red-White Game is Saturday, April 21

Lots of events for fans in spring finale

Defensive Line
2nd Year

2011- Utah
Defensive Line
2009-10 Utah State
Defensive Line
2005-08 Weber State
Defensive Line
2002-04 Baldwin HS (Hawaii)
Head Coach
2008 FCS Playoffs - Quarterfinals
2011 Sun Bowl

Last season, his first as Utah's defensive line coach, Chad Kauha'aha'a (pronounced cow-ha-a-ha-a) produced two first-team all-Pac-12 players, a Morris Award winner and a bowl MVP.

Derrick Shelby and Star Lotulelei represented Utah on the all-conference first team and Lotulelei won the Morris Award, honoring him as the league's best defensive lineman. Lotulelei was also voted the Most Valuable Lineman of the Sun Bowl. Shelby was named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week in October for his game against Pitt.

Kauha'aha'a's position accounted for over 30 tackles for loss and half the team's total sacks (15.5) in 2011.

Two of his Ute linemen were picked up by NFL teams as free agents after their senior season: Tevita Finau (Arizona) and Shelby (Miami).

Before joining his alma mater's staff, the former Ute defensive end spent the 2009-10 seasons as Utah State's defensive line coach. He worked in the same capacity at Weber State from 2005-09, helping the Wildcats to a share of the 2008 Big Sky Conference title. Weber advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2008 Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

At Weber State, Kauha'aha'a coached FSC first-team All-America defensive end Brady Fosmark, also a first-team all-Big Sky pick along with defensive tackle Shane Barkdull.

Kauha'aha'a got his coaching start at Baldwin High School in Maui, Hawaii. There, he posted a 25-5-2 record in three seasons, winning two Maui Interscholastic League championships. His teams ranked in the top five in the state all three seasons. Baldwin High's Kaluka Maiava went on to play for USC and is now with the Cleveland Browns.

Los Angeles, Hawaii, American Samoa

A three-year letterman during his playing career at Utah from 1993-96, Kauha'aha'a was a second-team all-WAC defensive lineman in 1996. He earned honorable mention honors in 1995. He was a two-time recipient of Utah's Walt DeLand Award, presented to the Ute football player who overcomes adversity to make a contribution.

Utah, 1997
Bachelor's in sociology

Birthdate: April 22, 1973
Hometown: Maui, Hawaii
Family: Married to the former Lena Reyes. Children Walter and Chaseten. Kauha'aha'a's brother Kendall "The Spyder" Grove is an ultimate fighter in the UFC and won the Ultimate Fighter 3.

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