Steve Kaufusi Staff Bio | Linebackers Coach | BYU Cougar Club

Steve Kaufusi Staff Bio | Linebackers Coach

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Steve Kaufusi

Years at BYU


Years Overall


Coaching Experience

  • 2017-present BYU linebackers coach
  • 2002-2016 BYU defensive line coach
  • 1997-01 Utah defensive ends coach
  • 1995-96 Utah defensive line coach
  • 1994 Utah graduate assistant


  • BYU (1994, B.S. in recreation management/administration)
  • South High School (Salt Lake City, Utah, 1981)

Coaching Highlights

  • Defensive line unit in 2015 posted 19.5 sacks, contributing to program-best 40 sacks for the season
  • Helped Bronson Kaufusi to senior season of 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss
  • Coached defensive line on No. 3 ranked BYU defense in 2012 (266.1 yards per game), along with No. 2 rushing defense (86.92 ypg)
  • Coached No. 5 NFL draft pick and Pro Bowler Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah 
  • Led BYU defensive line as part of the No. 13 overall defense in 2011 and No. 19 rushing defense
  • Helped BYU rank No. 24 in total defense in 2010 and win the New Mexico Bowl for the fourth bowl victory in the last five year
  • Coached defensive line that contributed to the No. 10 scoring defense in the country in 2006, the No. 9 rush defense and scoring defense and No. 10 total defense in the nation in 2007 and the No. 21 rush defense in the country in 2009
  • Coached three-time All-MWC honoree and Super Bowl winner Brady Poppinga (2001-04), all-time MWC sack leader Jan Jorgensen (2006-09) and All-MWC First Teamer Vic So'oto (2005-10)

Playing Career

  • Drafted in the 12th round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988
  • Played for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football(1992)
  • All-WAC honorable mention as a defensive lineman at BYU in 1987
  • All-conference junior college player at Dixie College in 1984


Salt Lake City




  • Married to Michelle Garrick
  • Has five children
  • Daughter Alexis played for the BYU women's basketball team
  • Son Bronson, who played one year on the BYU basketball team, was a star defensive end for the BYU football team and is currently a member of the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL
  • Son Corbin is a defensive end for the BYU football team and also plays on the BYU basketball team
Steve Kaufusi


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.”