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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Arizona Wildcats 2011 Coaches
Offensive Line Coach, Run Game Coordinator
Year at Arizona:
First; 25th overall
Anae joined the Arizona staff in January 2011 and will coach the offensive line and serve as running game coordinator.
A 17-year Division I coaching veteran, he brings coordinator experience at BYU and familiarity with spread offenses while an assistant at Texas Tech.
Anae, 52, has been offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach at Brigham Young for the past six seasons and has a strong background in offensive football as a former BYU player under LaVell Edwards and five years spent in Lubbock, Texas, on then coach Mike Leach's Texas Tech staff from 2000-04.
Anae replaced Bill Bedenbaugh, who worked as Stoops' offensive line coach since 2007 and co-offensive coordinator in 2010.
Anae began his coaching career as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line at Hawaii in 1986-87, working Dick Tomey's final season in Honolulu before he took the Arizona job. He then was a grad assistant for a pair of years at BYU in 1990 and 1991 before coaching the offensive line at Ricks College in Idaho from 1992-95.
He coached the front for a year at Boise State in 1986 before moving to UNLV for a pair of seasons, the final as running game coordinator along with his line duties in 1988. He then worked as the line coach for Leach in five seasons from 2000 to 2004, crossing paths with current UA assistant Dave Nichol, who was a G.A. at Tech from 2003-05, and the line coach Anae replaces, Bill Bedenbaugh, who was a Tech grad assistant from 2000-02 and running backs coach in Anae's final two years in Lubbock. Anae was a Frank Broyles Award nominee for assistant coach of the year in 2003.
Bronco Mendenhall hired Anae as offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach in spring of 2005. At BYU he helped craft a 56-21 record in the past six years. One loss came to Stoops' 2008 Arizona team, 31-21, in the Las Vegas Bowl, among 17 college bowl games in which Anae has coached.
As BYU's inside receivers coach, Anae helped Cougar tight ends earn All-Mountain West Conference honors six times, including five first-team awards. BYU tight ends also achieved national accolades under Anae's tutelage as Jonny Harline received first-team All-America honors in 2006 and Dennis Pitta was named a consensus All-American in 2009.
During Anae's tenure as offensive coordinator, BYU earned top-25 NCAA statistical rankings in different offensive categories on 28 occasions, including 13 times in the top 10. The Cougars have ranked in the top 25 in third-down efficiency each of Anae's six seasons, including a No. 1 rating in 2009 and No. 2 rankings in 2008 and 2006. BYU achieved a top-6 passing offense three times (2005, 2006, and 2008) in the past six seasons. Two quarterbacks operating his offenses, John Beck and Max Hall, went on to the NFL.
Anae has been part of many of BYU's most successful teams as both a player and a coach. An offensive lineman, he was a member of BYU's National Championship team in 1984 and part of four bowl teams from 1981-84 while earning second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. He played in the Hula bowl in 1985 and was drafted by the New Jersey Generals in the USFL draft.
During the past six years as a coach at BYU, the Cougars have earned six bowl invitations with four bowl victories while winning two outright MWC championships. BYU whipped UTEP, 52-24, in December's New Mexico Bowl, accumulating 514 yards in total offense. BYU was 9-5 against Pac-12 teams during his recent six years in Provo.
Anae and his wife, Liane, have two sons, Famika and Max, and a daughter, Penny. His son was a freshman lineman for the Cougars in 2010. Anae's father, Famika, and brothers Brad and Matt, also played football for BYU.
He was born on Dec., 21, 1958, in Lai'e on Hawaii's north shore. He served a Mormon mission stateside in Tulsa, Okla. He graduated from BYU in 1986, took a master's degree in sociology from BYU in 1990 and earned his doctorate from Brigham Young in 1999 while serving as an assistant director in the BYU student-athlete center and NCAA Life Skills director. He is Arizona's first-ever football coach with a doctoral degree.
Stoops still has one staff position to fill, the defensive secondary coach. Tim Kish, co-coordinator with departed DB coach Greg Brown in 2010, will serve as defensive coordinator.
The Anae File
Date of Birth: Dec. 21, 1958, Lai'e, Hawaii
College: Brigham Young '86; M.S. Hawaii '90, Ph.D. BYU `99
Career: BYU 1981-84, offensive line
Family: Wife Liane, sons Famika Jr. and Max, daughter Penny
Anae's Coaching History
2005-10 Offensive Coordinator, Inside Receivers, BYU
2000-04 Offensive Line, Texas Tech
1998 Offensive Line, running game coordinator, UNLV
1997 Offensive Line, UNLV
1996 Offensive Line, Boise State
1992-95 Offensive Line, Ricks College
1990-91 Offensive Line grad assistant, BYU
1986-87 Offensive Line coach, Hawai'i
Anae in the Bowls
2010 New Mexico Bowl, BYU coordinator
2009 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator
2008 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator
2007 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator
2006 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator
2005 Las Vegas Bowl, BYU coordinator
2004 Holiday Bowl, Texas Tech assistant
2003 Houston Bowl, Texas Tech assistant
2002 Tangerine Bowl, Texas Tech assistant
2001 Alamo Bowl, Texas Tech assistant
2000 Gallery Furniture Bowl, Texas Tech assistant
1995 Real Dairy Bowl, Ricks College assistant
1994 Real Dairy Bowl, Ricks College assistant
1993 Real Dairy Bowl, Ricks College assistant
1992 Real Dairy Bowl, Ricks College assistant
1991 Holiday Bowl, BYU grad assistant
1990 Holiday Bowl, BYU grad assistant
1984 Holiday Bowl, BYU player
1983 Holiday Bowl, BYU player
1982 Holiday Bowl, BYU player
1981 Holiday Bowl, BYU player
Hometown: Leone, American Samoa
High School: Oceanside, Calif., HS
Last College: Arizona 1997
Position: Defensive Line Coach
At Arizona:First Year; Year in Coaching: Third
Nine-year NFL veteran and former Wildcat all-Pac-10 tackle Joe Salave'a joined Mike Stoops' University of Arizona coaching staff as defensive line coach in time for December preparations for the Valero Alamo Bowl..
Salave'a, 35, lettered at Arizona as a defense tackle from 1994-97, serving as team captain in 1996. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 1995, second-team honors in 1996 and was a first-team selection in 1997.
Salave'a was defensive line coach for Dick Tomey at San Jose State in 2008 and 2009, beginning his coaching career with his former collegiate coach.
"Joe fits what we're doing very well. He has a solid history in college and professional football. Joe built a legacy here and in the NFL that will have an immediate impact on our players and in recruiting," he said.
Salave'a was drafted in the fourth round by Tennessee in 1998 and spent five seasons with the Titans, one split year with the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers (2003) and his final three years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins from 2004-06.
A native of Leone, American Samoa, Salave'a has been one of the territory's foremost football ambassadors promoting the game among Samoan youth, including founding a foundation to help introduce the game and strengthen its appeal.
Salave'a made an immediate impact in his first coaching venture after a noteworthy pro football career. In 2008, he mentored San Jose State Spartans' tackle Jarron Gilbert, the NCAA leader in tackles for loss and the Chicago Bears' first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Salave'a was recruited by then UA head coach Tomey in 1993 and became one of the mainstays of the Wildcat defenses of the mid-1990s at defensive tackle. He was selected team captain and named the team's Most Valuable Player for the 1996 season. Salave'a has the unique distinction of being invited to the East-West Shrine and Hula Bowl All-Star Games after both his third and fourth seasons because he was awarded an additional year of playing eligibility.
His university career was an academic success story as well, capped by NCAA eligibility restoration after he graduated within four years. He enrolled at UA in 1993-94, but was ineligible for football as a partial qualifier, losing the year of eligibility. After his senior year in 1996-97, the NCAA changed its rules in spring 1997, and as a May graduate he was afforded a fourth year of playing eligibility (fifth year in residence), one of the first such student-athletes to benefit under the new rule.
He recorded 157 career tackles at Arizona, all as an interior lineman, with 43.5 tackles for loss, and 21.5 sacks to still rate No. 9 on UA's career sacks chart. He led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in both 1996 and 1997, and in fumbles caused in 1994 and 1996.
His NFL career spanned some 100 games. He was the 107th overall draft selection and a member of the Titans' Super Bowl XXXIV team that lost to St. Louis, 23-16.
He founded the Joe Salave'a Foundation in 2001. The foundation specializes in free football clinics for youngsters in American Samoa and Hawai'i. His work was recognized by Congressman Eni Faleomavaega in a 2005 White House ceremony hosted by President George W. Bush to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
Salave'a and his wife, Josephine, have a daughter, Katalina Elizabeth, and a son, Joseph Fatuimoana Jr.
Joe Salave'a Facts
Born: March 23, 1975 in Leone, American Samoa
College: University of Arizona, 1997
Playing Career: Arizona 1994-97; NFL 1998-2006
2008 San Jose State University, defensive line coach
2009 San Jose State University, defensive line coach
Salave'a in the Postseason
2005 NFC divisional playoffs, Washington Redskins player
2000 AFC divisional playoffs, Tennessee Titans player
1999 NFL Super Bowl, Tennessee Titans player
1998 Hula Bowl, Arizona player
1998 Insight.com Bowl, Arizona player
1997 Hula Bowl, Arizona player
1998 East-West Shrine Game, Arizona player
1994 Freedom Bowl, Arizona player
Hometown: Honlulu, Hawai'i
High School: Punahou
Last College: Washington '79
Position: Secondary Coach
Year at Arizona: First; 33rd overall
Akina re-joined the Arizona staff in January 2011 after 10 years at Texas and the preceding 14 years at the UA.
Akina, 54, has coached three Thorpe Award winners including Darryll Lewis at Arizona, and 23 defensive backs who moved on to the NFL. He has been at Texas for the past 10 years and was a top defensive assistant at Arizona from 1987 to 2000.
A coaching veteran who has spent the bulk of three decades working with defensive backs, Akina tutored Lewis (1990) and UT's Michael Huff (2005) and Aaron Ross (2006) to Thorpe Awards, plus has worked with six finalists for the honor including UA's Chris McAlister.
Akina has eight years' experience as a coordinator. He was offensive coordinator for Dick Tomey at UA from 1992-95, and Texas' co-defensive coordinator for four seasons under Mack Brown at Texas from 2004-07. He has been assistant head coach and defensive backs coach the last three years at Texas. He joined the UT staff for the 2001 season as DBs coach after briefly being named defensive coordinator under John Mackovic at Arizona that winter.
In 14 seasons with Tomey, Akina was a versatile and steady influence on Arizona's defensive and offensive units. He was the only assistant on each of UA's 14 staffs during the period and was named associate head coach in 1990. He coached All-Pac-10 safety Jeff Hammerschmidt, UA's current defensive ends coach, and was secondary coach when current UA defensive tackles coach Joe Salave'a was wrapping up UA's "Desert Swarm" era as a defensive tackle.
His work with quarterback Danny White at Arizona helped produced some of Tomey's more balanced attacks Akina's final three years as offensive coordinator including the then first-year starter's noted performance in 1993 by helping lead UA to a 10-2 season, Pac-10 co-title and victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl in January 1994. But defense has been his coaching forte, working with UA coordinators Larry Mac Duff and Rich Ellerson, and with UT's many strong squads including its 2005 national championship as co-coordinator.
In his 10 seasons at UT, Akina's secondary helped the Horns rank among the nation's Top 10 in pass defense four times and featured consecutive Jim Thorpe Award winners in Huff and Ross to go along with finalist Earl Thomas (2009) and 10 first-team All-Big 12 picks. Seven of the Texas DBs he tutored are currently in the NFL. Two of his 2010 Texas players, Aaron Williams and Curtis Brown, earned second-team All-Big-12 honors. The Longhorns ranked No. 6 in pass defense in 2010, limiting opponents to 161 yards per game
In his first season at Texas, he helped guide one of the nation's premier secondaries that ranked third in passing defense (146.7 ypg) and fourth in pass efficiency defense (88.0 rating). The Longhorns allowed only 4.77 yards per pass attempt, which was the lowest in the nation, while their six touchdown passes allowed were tied for the second-fewest nationally.
Akina's top pupil was CB Quentin Jammer, who became UT's first unanimous first-team All-America defender since Jerry Gray in 1984. Jammer, who set a UT single-season record with 24 pass breakups and eclipsed the school's career PBUs mark with 57, also became the first Longhorn to earn a spot as a Thorpe Award finalist.
Despite losing two starters to the NFL (Jammer and Ahmad Brooks), Akina guided a secondary that was again among the nation's best in 2002. Led by first-team All-Big 12 performer and Thorpe Award semifinalist Rod Babers, the secondary ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense (96.1 rating), eighth in passing defense (165.2 ypg.) and allowed just 5.37 yards per attempt (third NCAA). Babers posted 21 PBUs (No. 3 on UT's single-season list) and finished his career ranked third on the UT all-time PBU chart (49). Akina also helped train S Michael Huff, who earned third-team Freshman All-America honors.
In 2003, the Longhorns ranked ninth nationally in pass defense (177.3 ypg) and third in completion percentage allowed (47.2). CB Nathan Vasher was a Thorpe Award semifinalist, earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and tied the oldest-standing mark on the Longhorn record book with his 17th career interception. He also broke the UT record for career pass breakups with 64.
After being named co-defensive coordinator in 2004, Akina helped guide a defense that finished 18th in scoring defense (17.9), 16th in rushing defense (107.4), 32nd in turnover margin (+5) and 23rd in total defense (320.1) in the country. Under Akina's direction, Huff became a member of the Jim Thorpe Award watch list and three of the four starters in the secondary were named to All-Big 12 teams.
The pattern continued in 2005 as Akina led a defense and secondary that ranked fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense (96.7), eighth in pass defense (172.0 ypg), eighth in scoring defense (16.4 ppg) and 10th in total defense (302.9 ypg). Akina also mentored Huff as Texas' first-ever Jim Thorpe Award winner and produced three All-Big 12 performers out of the secondary.
Despite losing two players who wound up starting for their NFL teams in Huff (Raiders) and Cedric Griffin (Vikings), Akina continued to show his ability to develop great talent in 2006. He helped Aaron Ross become Texas' second consecutive Thorpe Award winner. Michael Griffin also capped his outstanding career with All-America honors.
The duo of Michael Griffin and Ross went on to be drafted back-to-back in the NFL first round, 19th overall by the Titans and 20th by the Giants, respectively. Both earned starting positions with Ross and the Giants advancing to the Super Bowl. Tarell Brown was the third Longhorn DB drafted that year (UT first since 1984), as he was chosen in the fifth round by the 49ers.
In 2007, Akina guided a Texas defense that was sixth-best in the nation against the run (93.4 ypg). Safety Marcus Griffin earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and was named first-team All-America by ESPN.com.
Akina returned his full focus to the defensive backs in 2008. With only one returning starter in CB Ryan Palmer, Akina guided the emergence of two freshmen at the starting safety positions. By season's end, Earl Thomas was named first-team Freshman All-America, while Blake Gideon earned second-team honors from College Football News. Palmer earned second-team All-Big 12 honors, and the unit helped Texas rank second in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense.
In 2009 Akina guided a secondary that helped the defense lead the nation in interceptions (25), rank 10th in pass efficiency defense and 19th in passing yards allowed. It also featured the Longhorns' third Thorpe Award finalist in the last five years in consensus All-America honoree S Earl Thomas, who led the nation in passes defended and tied for second in interceptions with a UT record eight. Thomas also tied the UT single-season record with two INT returned for TDs.
Akina joined the UT program after spending the previous 14 seasons at Arizona, where he served as the associate head coach and was tabbed defensive coordinator in December 2000. During his tenure at Arizona, he was a versatile coach who worked with both sides of the ball. Akina spent his final five seasons as defensive backs coach and nine of his 14 seasons working with the Wildcats' secondary. He also was UA's offensive coordinator from 1992-95.
As the secondary coach at Arizona, Akina helped guide the Wildcats' "Desert Swarm" defensive attack, one of the nation's most aggressive and productive groups. His prize pupils were Darryll Lewis, the 1990 Jim Thorpe Award winner, and Chris McAlister, a finalist for the Thorpe Award and winner of the Mosi Tatupu National Special Teams Player of the Year award in 1998. Lewis was a Pro Bowler for the San Diego Chargers and played 10 seasons in the NFL. McAlister, meanwhile, earned a spot in the 2004 Pro Bowl and was a member of the 2000 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. He also worked with UA consensus All-American Chuck Cecil in his first season at Arizona in 1987.
During his time as offensive coordinator, Akina guided some of the Wildcats' most productive offenses. In 1994, he helped develop the UA offense into a unit that recorded more than 200 yards passing per game. Arizona's offense registered 2,211 passing yards and 1,776 rushing yards that season, which marked the first time in a decade that the team had registered more yards passing than rushing. In 1995, Akina directed the Wildcats' passing attack to 204.3 yards per game, which, at the time, ranked fifth on the school's all-time list.
Akina joined the UA staff in January 1987 after spending a season as defensive backs coach with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Prior to that, he spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii. Akina coached the defensive backs in 1981-82 and `84-85 and tutored the outside linebackers in 1983 at UH.
A native of Honolulu, Akina is a 1979 graduate of the University of Washington. He earned three letters as a quarterback, and upon completing his eligibility, served as a graduate assistant coach at UW. Akina worked with the Huskies' quarterbacks in 1979-80.
Hawaii's Prep Athlete of the Year at Honolulu's Punahou High School in 1974-75, he was a three-time all-league selection as a quarterback in football and a guard in basketball. Akina and his wife, Donna, have five children, Kainoa, Keoni, Dionicia, Alli and Kamalii. Kainoa has a wife, Daya.
Duane Akina File
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
High school: Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii)
College: Washington (1979)
Children: Kainoa, Keoni, Dionicia, Alli, Kamalii
Akina's Coaching History
2010: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs, Texas
2009: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs, Texas
2008: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs, Texas
2004-07: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs, Texas
2003: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs, Texas
2001-02: Defensive Backs, Texas
1996-2000: Defensive Backs (Defensive Coordinator, Spring 2001), Arizona
1992-95: Offensive Coordinator, Arizona
1989-2001: Associate Head Coach, Arizona
1987-91: Defensive Backs, Arizona
1986: Defensive Backs, Calgary (CFL)
1984-85: Defensive Backs, Hawaii
1983: Outside Linebackers, Hawaii
1981-82: Defensive Backs, Hawaii
1979-80: Graduate Assistant, Washington
Akina in the Bowls
2010: Rose Bowl: BCS National Championship, Texas
2009: Fiesta Bowl, Texas
2007: Holiday Bowl, Texas
2006: Alamo Bowl, Texas
2006: Rose Bowl, Texas (National Champions)
2005: Rose Bowl, Texas
2003: Holiday Bowl, Texas
2003: Cotton Bowl, Texas
2001: Holiday Bowl, Texas
1998: Holiday Bowl, Arizona
1997: Insight.com Bowl, Arizona
1994: Freedom Bowl, Arizona
1994: Fiesta Bowl, Arizona
1992: John Hancock Bowl, Arizona
1990: Aloha Bowl, Arizona
1989: Copper Bowl, Arizona
1981: Rose Bowl, Washington
1976: Rose Bowl, Washington (player)