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Friday, February 25, 2011
Joe Seumalo Oregon State University Defensive Line Coach
Defensive Line Coach
University of Hawai'i
Updated Jan. 2011
Joe Seumalo (pronounced Say-u-malo) is in his sixth year at Oregon State and he is credited with developing one of the best defensive lines in the nation.
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea earned the Morris Trophy in 2010 for the second consecutive year. The award is presented to the Pac-10 Conference's top defensive lineman as voted on by the league's offensive linemen. Paea also was a consensus All-America selection and was invited to play in the Senior Bowl. In addition, end Gabe Miller was selected to the Conference's Honorable Mention team.
Paea burst onto the college football map in 2009 as a junior, earning Pac-10 First Team honors as well as being the recipient of the league's Morris Trophy. Led by Paea, the Beavers rushing defense ranked among the top 25 in the country. His defensive line helped OSU play in its fourth consecutive bowl game.
In 2008, his Beaver defense was the only unit in the NCAA to hold an opponent (Pittsburgh) scoreless in a bowl game (Sun). The defense ranked second overall in the Pac-10 for fewest yards allowed per contest (312.) and quarterback sacks (39), and fifth for yards lost (456) via tackles-for-loss. His 2008 team also featured two of the best defensive ends in the history of the program, Victor Butler and Slade Norris. Butler earned the Sun Bowl's MVP honor after making five tackles-for-loss, including four quarterback sacks. Butler's 21.5 tackles-for-loss overall in '08 set a school record and he matched the Beaver mark for sacks (12) and forced fumbles (4) for a season. Three of his defenders earned All-Pac-10 honors, with Butler (Dallas) and Norris (Oakland) being selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
In 2007, the Beavers led the nation against the run (70.6), were fourth for quarterback sacks (3.4 per game), sixth for tackles-for-loss (8.2 pg) and eighth for total defense overall (306.2 yds p/g). The team accounted for more yards (537) lost via tackles-for-loss than any other team. Of the 13 teams the Beavers faced in 2007, 12 gained under their season average for rushing yards. All four of his starters on the Beaver defensive line earned Pac-10 postseason honors.
Seumalo's first year with the program was very successful as he was part of a defensive unit that ranked first in the Pac-10 for quarterback sacks and led the nation for tackles-for-loss yardage (528). Linemen Ben Siegert and Jeff Van Orsow both earned Pac-10 postseason recognition after the two made among the biggest plays in OSU history. Siegert blocked a school record two field goals in the win over Oregon, including the Ducks' game-winning attempt. Van Orsow deflected John-David Booty's two-point conversion attempt to preserve a 33-31 win over USC, ending the Trojans' 27-game conference win streak.
Seumalo arrived at Oregon State after one year as the defensive line coach at San Jose State University. Prior to his stint in the Bay Area, he spent four years as the defensive line coach at Cal Poly University in San Luis, Obispo. At Cal Poly, he was part of a coaching staff that molded one of the top Division I-AA defenses. In 2004, the nationally-ranked Mustangs were third in the country for rushing defense and ninth in scoring defense yielding just 16.6 points per game. One of his linemen, All-American Chris Gocong, led all I-AA players in quarterback sacks with 17.5 and was second in tackles-for-loss at 21.5. Gocong went on to finish second in the 2004 Buck Buchanan Award voting for the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision classification. The 2003 Cal Poly defense was 24th nationally in rushing defense yielding 121.1 yards per game and was among the best pass rushing teams with 40 quarterback sacks. Overall, the Mustangs averaged 39 sacks a season in his four years.
A defensive lineman at the University of Hawai'i from 1985 through 1988, Seumalo was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference choice in his senior season. While at Hawai'i he played for a coaching staff that included current OSU assistant coach Greg Newhouse. Seumalo went on to play in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Roughriders in 1989, the Edmonton Eskimos in 1994 and for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 1995. He once again played for Newhouse in Edmonton.
The 1995 graduate of Hawai'i began his coaching career in 1994 at Kaiser High School in Honolulu. During his five seasons as an assistant coach at Kaiser, he also served as a guest coach for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1996 and the Hawai'i Hammerheads of the Indoor Football League in 1999.
Seumalo moved to the college ranks in 1999 as a graduate assistant at Hawai'i, where he was part of a staff that included current OSU offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. In his two seasons, he coached the defensive ends and assisted with the special teams.
He and his wife, Karen, have three sons, Andrew, Isaac and Noah, and one daughter, Jessi.
Assignment: Defensive Line Recruiting Area: Los Angeles; Bay Area Year at OSU: 6th Age: 42 Hometown: Honolulu, Hawai'I Education: Bachelor's in Sociology from the University of Hawai'I (1995), Radford High School (1984) Wife: Karen Children: Andrew, Isaac, Noah and Jessi
2010 Stephen Paea (DT) - 1st Team All-Pac-10/Morris Trophy (top lineman) recipient; Gabe Miller (DE) - HM Pac-10 2009 Stephen Paea (DT) - 1st Team All-Pac-10/Morris Trophy (top lineman) recipient; 3rd in Pac-10 for rush defense. 2008 Victor Butler (DE) - 1st Team All-Pac-10/Sun Bowl MVP/4th round Draft pick Dallas; Slade Norris (DE) 4th round Draft pick Oakland; Total Defense - 2nd in Pac-10; QB Sacks - 2nd in Pac-10; Total Lost Yards - 5th in NCAA; Three All-Pac-10 selections; Sun Bowl champions 2007 Dorian Smith (DE) - 1st Team All-Pac-10 Conference; Jeff Van Orsow (DE) - 2nd Team All-Pac-10 Conference; Curtis Coker (DT) - HM Pac-10 Conference; Gerard Lee (DT) - HM Pac-10 Conference; Rush Defense - 1st in NCAA; QB Sacks - 4th in NCAA; Tackles-for-Loss - 6th in NCAA; Total Defense - 8th in NCAA; Emerald Bowl champions 2006 Jeff Van Orsow (DE) - HM Pac-10 Conference; Ben Siegert (DT) - HM Pac-10 Conference; Sacks - 1st in Pac-10/10th in NCAA; Tackles-for-Loss Yardage - 1st in NCAA; Sun Bowl champions
Oregon State, 2006-present; San Jose State, 2005; Cal Poly-SLO, 2001-04; Hawai'i, 1999-2000
Kaiser High School (Honolulu), 1994-98; Hawai'i Hammerheads (Indoor football), 1999