Tony Tuioti is the newest member of the Nebraska football coaching staff and will bring experience as a Power Five and NFL assistant coach to Lincoln. Head Coach Scott Frost announced the hiring of Tuioti (pronounced too-ee-OH-tee) as the Huskers’ defensive line coach on Tuesday.
Frost also announced the addition of Ryan Feder as a defensive graduate assistant. Feder most recently worked with the Green Bay Packers as a Football Technology Analyst.
Tuioti joins the Nebraska staff after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at California, including the 2018 season as defensive line coach. Overall, Tuioti has nine seasons of experience in college football and two seasons as an assistant working with the Cleveland Browns defensive line.
“We are pleased to add Tony Tuioti to our coaching staff and look forward to having him and his family join us at Nebraska,” Frost said. “Tony has been a key part of one of the top defenses in the country the past two seasons at Cal. He will bring great energy to our staff, has a strong history of player development, and an impressive recruiting background.”
In addition to his coaching background, Tuioti was a standout defensive lineman at the University of Hawaii during his playing days.
“I want to thank Coach Frost for the opportunity to be a part of the Nebraska football family,” Tuioti said. “I believe in what he is doing and the culture he is building at Nebraska and I am excited to be a part of it.”
In 2017 and 2018, Tuioti helped the Cal Bears make one of the nation’s most dramatic defensive improvements. In 2018, Cal led the Pac-12 and ranked among the top 10 nationally in interceptions, defensive touchdowns takeaways and passing yards allowed. The Bears also led the conference and were in the top 20 nationally in pass efficiency defense and first downs allowed. Cal finished the season 15th nationally in total defense and 22nd in scoring defense, good for third in the Pac-12 in both categories.
Tuioti was instrumental in the development of three of the most improved players on defense in Luc Bequette, Chris Palmer and Tevin Paul. Bequette was honored as the team’s most valuable defensive lineman and earned honorable-mention All-Pac-12 honors. He finished the year with 49 tackles, five sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. Palmer was a converted offensive lineman who started 10 games at nose guard and finished with 30 tackles, six breakups and two tackles for loss. Paul saw action at both defensive end and outside linebacker and made 44 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss.
Tuioti coached the outside linebackers in his first season at Cal in 2017, helping the Golden Bear defense allow 14.2 fewer points per game than in 2016. The 2017 Cal defense had better total numbers and rankings than the 2016 squad in 14 of the 15 primary defensive statistics tracked by the NCAA. Even more impressively the Bears' average improvement in the national rankings was just under 40 spots per category in those 15 defensive statistics.
Tuioti was instrumental in the development of outside linebackers Alex Funches and Cameron Goode, two of Cal’s most dynamic players and edge rushers in 2017. Funches contributed 36 tackles and led the team with 10.5 tackles for loss. Goode started the first nine games before suffering a season-ending injury and had 46 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception.
Prior to joining Cal, Tuioti was the director of player personnel at Michigan in 2016. During his one season with the Wolverines, Tuioti filled the role of the head of the recruiting department.
Tuioti spent the previous two seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns (2014-15) as an assistant defense line/quality control coach. Cleveland defensive tackle Danny Shelton, the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Washington, started 15 of 16 games and posted 36 tackles under Tuioti’s oversight in 2015.
Before his Browns' tenure Tuioti spent six seasons in three different roles at Hawai’i as his alma mater’s lead recruiter while also coaching linebackers (2012-13) and defensive line (2010-11). He began his tenure at Hawaii as the director of player personnel (2008-09). He helped coach the 2010 Rainbow Warriors to their fourth Western Athletic Conference championship in school history as they shared the crown with Boise State and Nevada.
Hawai’i ranked among the nation’s leaders in at least one defensive category in each of his four seasons. The 2010 team that led the nation in takeaways (38), the 2011 squad tied for 15th in per-game sacks (2.69 spg), Hawaii’s 2012 team was 11th in pass defense (182.8 ypg), and ranked third in 2013 in per-game tackles for loss (8.3) and eighth in fumbles recovered (15). Tuioti’s 2010 defensive line accounted for 22.5 of the team’s 30.0 sacks. In 2013, his linebackers led the squad in total tackles, tackles for loss and sacks.
Before returning to his alma mater, Tuioti was the defensive coordinator at Silverado High School in Las Vegas for one season in 2007, helping lead the team to a 10-0 regular-season record for the first time in school history. He also spent two seasons as the head coach at Kalaheo High School in Hawai’i from 2003-04. Tuioti took over a Kalaheo team that had been winless the previous season and led the Mustangs to the O’ahu Interscholastic Association playoffs for the first time in 10 years as the youngest varsity head coach in the state in 2003.
Tuioti started his coaching career at Hawai’i by serving for two seasons (2000-01) as a defensive graduate assistant after a playing career with the Rainbow Warriors. He was a four-year letterwinner (1996-99), an honorable mention All-WAC defensive lineman as a junior in 1998, and part of a 1999 team that registered a turnaround that is tied for the largest in NCAA history. Hawaii went from 0-12 in 1998 to a 9-4 mark and a share of the WAC title, capped by a victory in the Oahu Bowl. Tuioti is one of two Rainbow Warriors to win a WAC championship both as a player (1999) and coach (2010). Tuioti played in the 2000 Hula Bowl following his senior season.
Tuioti earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Hawai’i in 2000 before adding a master's degree in education administration from the school in 2002. Tuioti also completed work on a second master's degree in special education from UNLV in 2007.
Tuioti is a 1995 graduate of Foothill High School in Tustin, Calif., where he was a first-team All-County and All-Section selection as a 1994 senior. He led his squad to back-to-back Century League titles in his final two campaigns.
Tuioti and his wife, former Hawai’i women’s volleyball player Keala Nihipali, have seven children. Their oldest daughter, Teisa, plays volleyball at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.
Tuioti will receive a two-year contract with an annual salary of $375,000. He replaces Mike Dawson, who left the Nebraska staff earlier this month to accept an assistant coaching position with the New York Giants.
Tony Tuioti File
Birthdate: February 9, 1977
Born: Apia, Samoa
Hometowns: Santa Ana, CA & Laie, HI
High School: Foothill HS
College: Hawai’i, 2000, Bachelor’s in Sociology; Hawai’i, 2002, Master’s in Education Administration; UNLV, 2007, Master’s in Special Education
Family: Wife, Keala; Daughters, Teisa, Teiyana, Teinia; Sons, Teivis, Teilor, Teitum, Teimana
*Season: Team – Position (Champions, Postseason)
2000-01: Hawai’i – Graduate Assistant, Defense
2003-04: Kalaheo HS – Head Coach (OIA Playoffs, 2003)
2007: Silverado HS – Defensive Coordinator (Sunrise League Southeast Division Champion,
2008-09: Hawai’i – Director of Player Personnel (Hawaii Bowl, 2008)
2010-11: Hawai’i – Defensive Line (WAC Tri-Champions, Hawaii Bowl, 2010)
2012-13: Hawai’i – Linebackers
2014-15: Cleveland Browns (NFL) – Assistant Defensive Line/Quality Control
2016: Michigan – Director of Player Personnel (Orange Bowl)
2017: California – Outside Linebackers
2018: California – Defensive Line (Cheez-It Bowl)
McCook finished in Eighth place at the Twin Cities Volleyball Invite over the Weekend.
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Lincoln – University of Nebraska basketball players Tanner Borchardt and Johnny Trueblood were recognized for their efforts in the classroom Wednesday, as both players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.
The honor is presented to players who are a junior or senior academically at an institution and posted a GPA of 3.20 or better at the conclusion of the
2018-19 academic year.
This is the third straight year that Borchardt has received the honor, while Trueblood was lauded by the NABC for the second straight season. The pair helped the Huskers to 19 wins and a second-round appearance in the NIT this past season.
Borchardt, who originally walked on at Nebraska, graduated with a degree in management in May. He was a four-year letterwinner and was a major contributor on Nebraska’s back-to-back NIT teams in 2018 and 2019. Borchardt set career highs in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage as a senior, capping his career with a 16-point, 13-rebound performance at TCU in the NIT. Off the court, he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while being named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll on seven occasions.
Trueblood was a three-year letterwinner for the Huskers and graduated in May with a degree in business administration. The Omaha native played a significant role in the Huskers’ 2019 Big Ten Tournament and NIT postseason runs, setting career highs in points, rebounds and assists during the 2019 NIT. A two-time academic All-Big Ten selection, he was a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll honoree.
Two North Platte Community College softball players were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association NJCAA Division II all-Midwest Region squad.
Sophomore Willow Chitty (North Platte) and sophomore Emily Marsden (Papillion) were both selected to the All-Midwest Region’s second team.
A total of 91 players in the country from 29 schools were selected to each of the country’s three NJCAA regions.
Among Chitty’s honors this year, she was named Region IX Division II Offensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Region IX team and the Region IX tournament team.
She led all Region IX Division II hitters with a.575 batting average with seven homeruns and 48 RBIs. She had 153 at bats, scored 43 runs, 18 doubles, 15 stolen bases, 131 total bases, had a .594 on-base percentage and slugged .856. Her 88 hits this season were the second best in the nation among players from 131 Division II schools. Her batting average was third best in the nation and her on-base percentage fifth in the nation.
Marsden batted .441 and in 159 plate appearances had 60 hits, eight doubles, three home runs, 14 steals and 24 RBIs to go along with a .503 on-base percentage and a.581 slugging mark.
She also appeared in 28 games as a pitcher, starting 12 with a 6-9 record and a 5.84 ERA in 92.1 innings. She struck out 68 hitters (second most in the region) with nine complete games, also second best in the region. She was named to the Region IX all-tournament team.
Two McCook Community College volleyball players were recently named to the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team for players from two-year colleges. Five more Lady Indians received honorable mention.
MCC players named to the World-Herald First Team included freshman Faith Simpson, (Wauneta-Palisade) who was eighth in NJCAA Division I in kills with 481, had 56 aces and was named the Region IX freshman of the year. Teammate Ashley Carson, a sophomore setter from Ord, was seventh nationally in assists (1,268) and will play at NCAA Division II Coker College next season.
Lady Indians receiving honorable mention included freshman OH Kiera Barr, Granby, Wyo.; sophomore MB Hannah Emerson, Greeley, Colo.; sophomore setter Brooklyn Evans, Ogden, Utah; sophomore OH Ty Johnson, Conroe Texas; and sophomore OH Ryan Maddera, Greeley, Colo.
Western Nebraska’s top player Syenna Masaki, was named honorary captain. She led the Cougars in kills per set (2.76) and was second on the team in assists (267) and digs (339). The All-Nebraska team also includes Western’s Ana Costas, who was the Region IX libero of the year as she had 616 digs.
Northeast is represented by Kalli Brester, who led her team in kills (403) and was second in digs (509), while setter Savannah Nelson had 1,251 assists.
Central Community College’s Jacie Laetsch finished the season with 438 kills and 590 digs for the 19-20 Raiders. Luisa Hernandez Marin finished her North Platte career with 874 kills, which is second-most in program history, and 1,025 digs.
*H: Syenna Masaki, So., Western Nebraska
H: Faith Simpson, Fr., McCook
H: Kalli Brester, So., Northeast
H: Jacie Laetsch, So., Central
H: Luisa Hernandez Marin, So., North Platte
S: Ashley Carson, So., McCook
S: Savannah Nelson, So., Northeast
L: Ana Costas, Fr., Western Nebraska
* — denotes honorary captain
Honorable mention: Central: Shania Borchers, Maddie Davis, Jordee Korte, Rylee Kwapnioski, Abbe Mancuso. McCook: Kiera Barr, Hannah Emerson, Brooklyn Evans, Ty Johnson, Ryan Maddera. Northeast: Gabriela Barbosa, Elley Beaver, Delaney Belt, Hannah Heppner, Caitlin Orton. North Platte: Bailey Chintala, Taylin McNair, Sydney Mullin. Southeast: Kiley Codner, Addison Schramm, Stevie Tobin. Western Nebraska: Jayme Commins, Leslie Mamai-Latgafuaina, Amryi-Grace Paris, Adia Sherbeyn, Kaile Tuisamatatele.
McCook Community College Volleyball Coach Hayley Kobza has signed two more players for the Lady Indians for this coming season – both Nebraska players and one from Kobza’s high school alma mater.
Middle Blocker Emily Barr of Hershey and Mackenzie Anderson of Ogallala, an outside hitter, both signed letters of intent to play volleyball in the fall at MCC.
ON WEDNESDAY, Barr, 5-10, signed her letter of intent.
“Emily is my first player that I have signed from my high school,” Kobza said. “We were both coached by Amy Beyer who just this season was given an award for coaching the Lady Panthers volleyball team for 30 years.
Bass spent four years on varsity for the Panthers.
“Emily is a player that is going to come in and make an immediate impact on our team,” Kobza said. “I feel this has a lot to do with her prior coaching from Coach Beyer.”
During her senior season bar had 270 kills, 47 blocks, 20 aces and 65 digs.
“Emily has great work ethics and I am excited to see what she can achieve in her two years here as a Lady Indian. “
ON FRIDAY, Kobza was in Ogallala to sign Mackenzie Anderson, the 5-8 outside hitter.
“Mackenzie comes from a high school program that is known for Coach Steve Morgan (has more than 900 career wins and 30 state appearances),” Kobza said.
During her senior year at Ogallala, Anderson had 234 kills, 33 blocks, 117 digs and 24 aces.
“Mackenzie is a versatile volleyball player and can play almost any position on the court,” Kobza said. “I see her coming in and playing a huge role on our 2019 tribe. “
Bartley NE- Former Southwest Roughrider Ty Bennett has signed his letter of intent to continue his Football career at Wisconsin to play for the Ripon College Red Hawks an NCAA Division III School. The Red Hawks went 7-3 in 2018. Bennett finished his career as a Roughrider finishing with a 2-6 record. View full interviews with Bennett and Southwest Head Football Coach Nick Brost.
After reviewing 2018 Nebraska Football Fan Day, the Athletic Department recognized the need to change the process of managing Coach Frost’s autograph line. Because of the incredible demand last year, more than half of the people in Coach Frost’s line were not able to get his autograph in the two-hour window.
Subsequently, the decision was made to limit Coach Frost’s line to kids only for 2019 Fan Day. The athletic department staff members in charge of organizing Fan Day made the decision to limit access to Coach Frost’s line to children who were members of the Nebraska JV Team.
After further consideration, the Fan Day organizers recognize this was a mistake. Limiting access to JV Team members could prevent some children from having the opportunity to be a part of Coach Frost’s line.
It is important to Coach Frost that all children have an equal opportunity to receive his autograph on Fan Day. To that end, the Athletic Department has determined that JV Team membership will now be free.
Parents are encouraged to sign their children (eighth grade or younger) up for the JV Team in order to have a chance to be selected for Coach Frost’s autograph line. Registration for the JV Team will begin on July 8 at 10 a.m. Approximately 250 JV team members will be randomly selected in advance for a spot in Coach Frost’s line.
Coach Frost also plans to autograph 8x10 photos that will be distributed to the first 1,000 kids at Fan Day that are not a part of his autograph line.
Nebraska Football Fan Day presented by U.S. Cellular is set for Thursday, Aug. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.