BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake hired Steve Kaufusi as an assistant coach on his new staff on January 14, 2016.
A BYU alumnus, Kaufusi currently serves as the linebackers coach on the staff after coaching defensive line for the Cougars in 2016. Kaufusi first joined the BYU football staff in 2002 coaching the defensive line and enters his 16th consecutive year with the program in 2017.
Kaufusi has more than two decades of coaching experience. He coached a defensive line group that combined for 19.5 sacks in 2015 and helped BYU set a new season high for sacks with 40. BYU’s rush defense has been in the top 20 nationally five times since 2007.
The Salt Lake City native coached defensive end Bronson Kaufusi to his best season, leading the Cougars with 11.0 sacks and 20.0 tackles for loss. With 26.5 career sacks, he finished his Cougar career No. 3 in career sacks since 2000. Jan Jorgensen was a four-year starter under Kaufusi from 2006-09 and finished with 30 career sacks, BYU’s career leader since 2000 in officially recognized NCAA stats. Jorgensen was a three-time All-Mountain West honoree. Kaufusi also coached No. 5 NFL draft pick and Pro Bowler Ezekiel Ansah along with Super Bowl winner Brady Poppinga (2001-04) and All-MW first teamer Vic So’oto (2005-10) while at BYU.
Prior to BYU, Kaufusi was at the University of Utah for eight seasons. He began as a graduate assistant in 1994 and later served as defensive line and defensive ends coach over the next seven seasons.
Kaufusi was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992 after his college career at BYU and Dixie College. He earned a bachelor’s degree from BYU in recreation management and served an LDS mission to Tonga. He and his wife Michelle have five children.
Coach Sitake on Kaufusi
“Establishing the line of scrimmage is very important and I’m confident Steve and Mike [Empey] will help us do that. Steve has a wealth of knowledge not only of football but also of BYU. He is extremely loyal and has great experience coaching defensive line here at BYU and at Utah."
Coach Kaufusi on coaching at BYU
“I’m grateful and excited to coach here at BYU. Coach Sitake is a leader and has a great vision for the program and I am happy to be a part of it.”