Shaun Nua
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Nua on Super Bowl XL media day
USC Trojans
Position:Defensive line coach
Personal information
Born: (1981-05-22) May 22, 1981 (age 41)
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Career information
High school:Tafuna (Tafuna, American Samoa)
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 7 / Pick: 228
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
  • BYU (2009)
  • BYU (2010–2011)
    Graduate assistant
  • Navy (2012–2017)
    Defensive line coach
  • Arizona State (2018)
    Defensive line coach
  • Michigan (2019–2021)
    Defensive line coach
  • USC (2022–present)
    Defensive line coach
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As assistant coach:

Shaun C. Nua (born May 22, 1981) is a former American football defensive end and current football coach. He played college football at Brigham Young University and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Nua is currently the defensive line coach for the USC Trojans football team.

Early years

Nua was born in Pago Pago, the capital city of American Samoa – an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean. He was the second oldest of six children born to Sao and Usu Nua, a farmer and nurse, respectively.[1]

Nua attended Tafuna High School in Tafuna, American Samoa. As a senior, he earned All-League honors as a defensive end, however he suffered a torn ACL. Nua moved to the Hawaiian island of Oahu to live with an aunt for six months while recovering from his knee injury. From there, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona to live with his sister, who was an undergraduate student at Arizona State University.[1]

College career

Nua first attended Eastern Arizona College, a junior college in Graham County, Arizona. Eastern Arizona assistant football coach and BYU alum (and current BYU head football coach) Kalani Sitake was instrumental in steering Nua towards a Division 1 scholarship at BYU.[2]

Nua redshirted in 2003 before returning in the 2004 season and earning second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior. He ultimately appeared in 22 games, posting 54 tackles (30 solo, 24 assist) and 10 sacks in his career at BYU.[3] Nua graduated from BYU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in youth and family recreation, and later earned his master’s degree from BYU in recreation management in 2013.[4]

Pro career

Nua was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He would spend the next three seasons on the Steelers offseason roster and practice squad, earning a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers championship in 2006.[5] In 2008, Nua was signed to a future/reserve contract with the Buffalo Bills, however he was released before the season.[6]

Coaching career

Following his stint in the NFL, Nua returned to his alma mater as a defensive graduate assistant on the staff of BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall from 2009-2011. Nua helped the Cougars achieve the nation's 24th-best total defense in 2010 and the 13th-ranked defense in 2011. BYU won its bowl games both years while finishing the 2011 season ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll with a 10-3 record.

On January 26, 2012 Nua joined the coaching staff of Ken Niumatalolo at Navy as defensive line coach.[1]

On January 7, 2018 Nua joined the coaching staff of Herm Edwards at Arizona State as defensive line coach.[7][2]

On January 17, 2019, Nua joined the coaching staff of Jim Harbaugh at Michigan as defensive line coach.[4][8] Nua signed a two-year employment agreement that pays him an annual salary of $400,000.[9]


Nua and his wife Hilary have three children: Losi, Kelina, and Malia.[10]

Nua is cousin to BYU Softball All-American and Hall of Famer Ianeta Le'i, and BYU Volleyball All-American and National Team member Futi Tavana.


  1. ^ a b c Wagner, Bill. "Navy's Nua, a native of American Samoa, is an assistant coach on the rise".
  2. ^ a b Wagner, Bill. "Navy loses defensive line coach Shaun Nua to Arizona State".
  3. ^ "Shaun Nua". BYU. Archived from the original on May 2, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Nua Named Michigan's Defensive Line Coach". University of Michigan Athletics.
  5. ^ "Michigan football plans to hire Arizona State DL coach Shaun Nua". Detroit Free Press.
  6. ^ "2008 Buffalo Bills Transactions Stats". ESPN.
  7. ^ "Sun Devil Football Adds Shaun Nua as Defensive Line Coach". Arizona State University Athletics.
  8. ^ McMann, Aaron (January 17, 2019). "Michigan announces hire of Shaun Nua, 'a rising star in the coaching profession'".
  9. ^ McMann, Aaron (January 29, 2019). "DL coach Shaun Nua's deal at Michigan: 2 years, $400K salary".
  10. ^ "Shaun Nua - Defensive Line Coach - Staff Directory". University of Michigan Athletics.