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Hawaii hires Montana's Legi Suiaunoa as defensive assistant

Nick Rolovich made another hire to his staff, this time on the defensive side of the ball.

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Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich is slowly filing out his staff and his latest addition comes from 37-year-old Montana defensive line coach Legi Suiaunoa, according to Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans. Suiaunoa is being hired on as an unspecified defensive assistant for the Warriors; he has served as the defensive line coach for Montana over the previous four years.

Suiaunoa has moved up the ranks starting as a graduate assistant at Nevada in 2004 and then moving up to become Western Washington's defensive coordinator which is a position he held from 2005-08.

"Legi is well-respected as a defensive coach and recruiter in the coaching world," Rolovich said. "He connects so well with people because he is genuine. A Polynesian man who has stayed true to his cultural values and has represented his family very well throughout his career. His story is one that will resonate through our locker room and community. Parents will be lining up to have their sons mentored by him. We are very fortunate to have him."

Suiaunoa played college football at Nevada from 1998 through 2001, and also played one year at a junior college

The Montana defense has been quite good and this past season there were 102 tackles for a loss and that included 43 sacks. Then in 2014 the defense averaged 3.2 sacks per game which was good enough for seventh at the FCS level.

Suiaunoa would be the sixth member of Rolovich's coaching staff which now includes Zak Hill (offensive coordinator), Brian Smith (running backs), Chris Naeole (offensive line), Abraham Elimimian (defensive backs) and Jake Cookus (special teams).