Todd Graham officially announced this week his coaching staff for the 2020 football season. The former Sun Devil is bringing some new faces from around the country, along with a few familiar names from past Rainbow Warrior teams.
The new defensive coordinator and associate head coach is Victor Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz was a member of the ‘92 UH squad who won a WAC title as well as a Holiday Bowl over Illinois. Along with him, the strength and conditioning coach, Kody Cooke, was named assistant head coach.
The new defense will feature two familiar faces from former head coach Nick Rolovich’s staff: Abe Elimimian and Jacob Yoro. Elimimian will be in charge of the cornerbacks as well as recruiting, and Yoro will be the linebacker’s coach and co-defensive coordinator.
Rounding out the defense will be the defensive line and special teams coach Todd Phillips and safeties coach Laiu Moeakiola. Both were former assistants of Graham during his tenure at Arizona State University.
The revamped offense will feature G.J Kinne as the offensive coordinator. Kinne was a standout quarterback at the University of Tulsa and played in the NFL for a couple of years before becoming a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coaching staff last year.
Rounding out the offense is a flurry of former assistants and new coaches from around the country. Tony Hull is the inside receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator; Brandon Graham is the pass game coordinator and running backs coach; Sam Bennett is the run game coordinator and offensive line coach; and Brennan Marion is the wide receivers coach.
Trent Figg is the chief in staff and will be in charge of all football administrative duties.
With the coaching staff now put together, Rainbow Warrior fans can only count the days until August 29, the season debut and rematch of last year’s ecstatic opener against Arizona. The only difference is that the ‘Bows will travel to face the Wildcats instead of opening the season at home.
Todd Graham - Head Coach
Victor Santa Cruz - Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator (Outside Linebackers)
G.J. Kinne - Offensive Coordinator (Quarterbacks)
Dan Phillips - Special Teams Coordinator (Defensive Line)
Tony Hull - Co-Offensive Coordinator (Inside Receivers)
Jacob Yoro - Co-Defensive Coordinator (Linebackers)
Brandon Graham - Pass Game Coordinator (Running Backs)
Sam Bennett - Run Game Coordinator (Offensive Line)
Abe Elimimian - Recruiting Coordinator (Cornerbacks)
Brennan Marion - Assistant Coach (Wide Receivers)
Laiu Moeakiola - Assistant Coach (Safeties)
Trent Figg - Chief of Staff
Kody Cooke - Assistant Head Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Football