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Nua named assistant football coach at Naval Academy

Aumua congratulates son of Samoa
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Standing directly behind Troy Polamalu, Shaun Nua and Aumua Amata and Taitusi Deuce Lutui watch as Troy autographs a young fan's shirt during the Troy Polamalu Football Camp at the Veterans Stadium last year. [courtesy photo]

Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced today that Shaun Nua has joined the staff as an assistant coach and will assist Dale Pehrson in coaching the defensive line. Nua replaces Napoleon Sykes, who left Navy in January to coach at UNC-Charlotte.

Nua comes to the Naval Academy from Brigham Young, where he assisted for the past three seasons. He is a 2005 graduate of BYU where he received his bachelor's degree and is currently pursuing his graduate degree.

Over the past two seasons, 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.

"Shaun is a bright and enthusiastic coach and I'm very excited to have him join our staff," said Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. "He is a man of character and coaches with a great deal of passion. I went to BYU last spring to watch a couple of spring practices and he immediately caught my attention with the way he coached. He will be a great asset."

"I am very excited to be at Navy," said Nua. "I have so much respect for these young men and what they do here at the Naval Academy and what they are going to do after graduation. I am fired up about having a role in helping these young men progress on the football field and I am very grateful that Coach Niumatalolo has given me this opportunity."

After hearing the news, Aumua Amata today offered hearty congratulations to Nua.

Said Amata, "We could not be more proud of this young American Samoan who hails from Manu'a.  His many stellar achievements are the result of hard work and discipline and he comes from a family of leaders in Manu'a." 
 
Nua comes to the Naval Academy from Brigham Young University, where he assisted for the past three seasons. He is a 2005 graduate of BYU where he received his bachelor's degree and is currently pursuing his graduate degree. Nua played four years in the NFL, three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one in Buffalo, including a winning trip to the Super Bowl with the Steelers his rookie year in 2006.

Shaun prepped at Tafuna High School where he was an all-league performer as a defensive end.

Aumua concluded by saying, "My compliments to Shaun's parents, Nua Sao Nua and Usu.  His siblings include Skyline Nua, Miss American Samoa. Malo lava."



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