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BYU football coaching staff: Former Cougar tight end Tevita Ofahengaue reportedly hired as director of player personnel

Another former Cougar emerges for Kalani Sitake's staff.


Another BYU alumnus seems set for a position on Kalani Sitake's staff: Tevita Ofahengaue as Director of Player Personnel.

Before the weekend officially commenced, the breaker of staff news himself, Ben Criddle of ESPN 960, reported the move. Total Blue Sports pumped the brakes on the news, and Criddle then said "signs point to him taking it."

Sunday, Orem High's football Twitter account, where Ofahengaue has been assisting, also indicated the move.

The Director of Player Personnel is also known as the on-campus recruiting coordinator. He's the man who coordinates all recruiting efforts for the coaching staff.

Ofahengaue also recently helped coach his son, Moana, at Westlake High School. Moana committed to Utah to the surprise of his dad.

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The big man played tight end at BYU from 1997-2000 with Sitake, and is famously known for being Mr. Irrelevant in the 2001 NFL Draft and bringing 60-plus people to the Mr. Irrelevant party. He played on camp teams and practice squads for the Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars for two seasons.

He caught 62 passes for 853 yards and 4 touchdowns in his BYU career.

What makes Ofahengaue a man for the job? He was an recruiting assistant for Kyle Whittingham at Utah in 2005. Since then, in addition to ties to different Utah high schools, Ofahengaue has served as recruiting coordinator for the AIGA Foundation for at least the last five years.

The AIGA Foundation is a non-profit that helps Polynesian athletes get college scholarships. Its site says it "exists to bridge the gap between opportunity and student-athletes who are willing to work hard at school, work, home, and on the field."

AIGA does this by way of camps and the Polynesian All-American Football Classic game.

Ofahengaue has spent at least five years building relationships related to this organization. From a press document promoting the inaugural PAAFC game in 2011: "Tevita is the Recruiting Coordinator for AIGA Foundation. Tevita has been able to build networks to the east coast and marriage deals with many recruiting opportunities for student-athletes in our respective communities."