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Kauha’aha’a and Jinks officially hired

Below is the official athletic statement announcing the hiring of defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a and running backs coach Mike Jinks.

LOS ANGELES–Chad Kauha’aha’a and Mike Jinks have been named USC assistant football coaches, with Kauha’aha’a handling the defensive line and Jinks working with the running backs, Trojan head coach Clay Helton (photo above) announced today (Dec. 11).

Kauha’aha’a, 45, has coached the defensive line at 6 collegiate stops since 2005:  Boise State (2018), Oregon State (2015-17), Wisconsin (2013-14), Utah (2011-12), Utah State (2009-10) and Weber State (2005-08).  Ten of his players made it to the NFL, including 2013 first rounder Star Lotulelei from Utah.

While at Boise State in 2018, the Broncos ranked 10th nationally in sacks (3.0) and 23rd in rushing defense (122.9).  Boise State qualified for the First Responder Bowl.

In addition to coaching the defensive line at Oregon State, Kauha’aha’a also served as the Beavers’ associate head coach and outside linebackers coach his final 2 seasons.

While at Wisconsin, the Badgers were fourth nationally in total defense (294.1), 17th in scoring defense (20.8), 20th in both sacks (2.6) and tackles for loss (6.6) and 23rd in rushing defense (126.1) in 2014.  They were fifth in rushing defense (102.5), sixth in scoring defense (16.3) and seventh in total defense (305.1) in 2013.  Wisconsin played in the 2014 Capital One Bowl and 2015 Outback Bowl (after winning the Big Ten West title).

He helped Utah rank in the national Top 25 in rushing defense both seasons.  Lotulelei (twice) and Derrick Shelby (2011) made the All-Pac-12 first team and Lotulelei won the league’s Morris Trophy in 2011.  The Utes played in the 2011 Sun Bowl.

He coached 5 Big Sky first team players at Weber State, including All-American Brady Fosmark.  The Wildcats won the Big Sky title in 2008 and advanced to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals.

Kauha’aha’a was the head coach at his alma mater Baldwin High in Wailuku (Hi.) from 2002 to 2004, posting a 25-5-2 record and ranking in the Top 5 in the state each season.

After prepping at Baldwin High, he played defensive line and linebacker for Utah for 3 years (1993, 1995-96), earning All-Western Athletic Conference second team in 1996 and All-WAC honorable mention in 1995.  He had 113 career tackles, including 11 sacks.  He played in the 1993 and 1994 Freedom Bowls and 1996 Copper Bowl.

He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Utah in 1997.

He was born on April 22, 1973.  He and his wife, Lena, have 2 sons, Kalei and Kalena.  His last name is pronounced cow-HA-ah-HA-ah.

Jinks, 46, was Bowling Green’s head coach from 2016 until being relieved of his duties after the seventh game of the 2018 season.  His Falcons went 7-24.  In his first 2 seasons, he produced 13 players who were named to various All-Mid-American Conference teams and 23 who made various Academic All-MAC teams (including an Academic All-American first teamer).

Before that, he was the running backs coach at Texas Tech for 3 years (2013-15), adding the associate head coach title in 2015.  He worked there under head coach Kliff Kingsbury, now USC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Texas Tech was eighth nationally in total offense (510.7) in 2013 while averaging 35.8 points per game and played in the Holiday Bowl.

In 2014, running back DeAndre Washington became the first Red Raider to rush for 1,000 yards since 1998 (1,103).  Texas Tech was 10th nationally in total offense (504.1), including rushing for 153.0 yards per game, while scoring 30.5 points.

In 2015, Texas Tech was second in the country in total offense (579.5) and scoring offense (a school-record 45.1) while running for 191.3 yards per outing with 34 rushing TDs.  The Red Raiders were one of just two schools to score at least 25 points in every game that year.  Washington ran for 1,000 yards again (1,492), earning All-Big 12 first team honors and becoming the first Red Raider with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons since 1995 and 1996.  Texas Tech played in the Texas Bowl.

Prior to Texas Tech, Jinks was the head coach at Steele High in Cibolo (Tex.) for 7 years (2006-12).  He went 76-18 at Cibolo, including being a National Coach of the Year finalist while winning the 2010 Class 5A Division II State Championship.  Steele was 43-4 in his final 3 seasons.  The Knights advanced to the state finals again in 2011 and to the semifinals in 2012.  He coached the West Team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January 2013.

He was the head coach at Burbank High in San Antonio (Tex.) in 2005.

Before that, Jinks was an assistant coach at 5 different high schools. He began his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach at Ellison High in Killeen (Tex.) in 1996 and 1997. In 1998, he became the quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Judson High, in Converse (Tex.).   Following that, he served as offensive coordinator at Crockett High in Austin (Tex.) in 1999, Galena Park (Tex.) High for 2 seasons (2000-01) and Robert E. Lee High in San Antonio (Tex.) for 3 years (2002-04).

Jinks played quarterback at Judson High and then at Angelo State (1990-93), where he started for 2 years.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Angelo State in 1994.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1972.  He and his wife Meredith have 3 children, Jaden, Madison and Tristan.

Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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