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Broncos name Kauha’aha’a new D-line coach

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Yes, I copied and pasted that headline, because if you think I’m going to type out (Cmd+V) ‘Kauha’aha’a’ every time, you must not know how I dealt with Tennessee Su’esu’e. The Broncos announced just before lunch that they’ve found their replacement for dearly departing D-line guru Steve Caldwell, and it’s a name that was sort of out of left field: Chad (Cmd+V) Kauha’aha’a (pronounced, according to Broncosports “cow-ha-a-ha-a”.

The new coach hails from Maui, which does nothing to weaken the Broncos footholds on the islands and has had several stops at Power-5 schools during his coaching tenure, including—most recently—at Oregon State. Clearly, he’s been a favorite of Coach Gary Andersen, as his coaching stops have closely mimicked Andersen’s flight patterns from Utah State, Wisconsin, and OSU, and “Coach K” also had stints at Weber State and Utah (his alma mater). During his coaching tenure, (Cmd+V) Kauha’aha’a has coached 10 individual players that have made it to the NFL, including first-rounder Star Lotulelei during his time at Utah. As luck would have it...he’ll likely pad those stats by inheriting guys like David Moa and Curtis Weaver.

It might not be the most challenging first-year of his career with the Broncos returning a veteran D-line, but Coach K is excited for the grind, nonetheless:

“Boise State is a program that I have watched and admired for years, and now to be a part of it, I can’t tell you how excited we are,” Kauha’aha’a said. “I am looking forward to working for a program that is rich in tradition, and with a staff that is coming off another tremendous championship season. I’m ready to get started.”

Welcome aboard, coach...and let’s all pour one out for The Stache. He’ll be missed.