Mauigoa Family Legacy — continues to represent American Samoa with pride
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Sons and daughters of American Samoa continue to make their mark locally and abroad, with the Mauigoa siblings, Frank, Frantacia, Frederick, Francisco, Francis, Fidelis and Fedelma representing American Samoa with pride.
Frank played quarterback for Tafuna High School (THS) and helped win its first four-peat Championship under Head Coach Okland Salave'a.
He currently attends North Park University in Chicago where he is a dual-sport athlete. Frank plays football and volleyball. He led the volleyball team in hitting percentage and was nominated player of the week twice.
Frantacia, the oldest girl of the siblings played volleyball and graduated from THS. Her senior year, she played under Head Coach Lydia Faleafine and was named MVP her senior year.
She will be a senior this year attending Chaminade University-Hawaii.
Frederick, played AYFS, and at THS football under Head Coach Okland Salave’a. ‘Fred’ is the first student-athlete out of American Samoa to be selected to participate at the Nike Opening in Eugene Oregon. He was also selected to play in the Blue-Grey All American game held at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Out of high school, Fred held offers from Oregon State, Washington State, BYU, Hawaii, Nevada, and UNLV.
He committed and signed with Washington State University, and played as a true freshman in his first year of college. Going into his sophomore year, he started every game at center, until graduating this year with his bachelor's degree.
After the NFL draft, Fred sign with the Carolina Panthers, he's currently in training camp preparing for the upcoming NFL season.
Francisco played quarterback at THS under Head Coach Kevin Magalei in his freshman and sophomore years. He transferred to Saint Thomas Aquinas in California for his Junior year of high school.
Francisco helped Saint Thomas win the CIF Southern Section Division 5 Championship and was selected conference player of the year playing quarterback and linebacker.
At 6'3- 200lbs, he holds offers from Missouri Southern State University, Hawaii, Army, Idaho State University, University of Idaho, Montana State, San Jose State, Utah State, Yale University, Eastern Washington, and Southeast Missouri State. Other programs recruiting Francisco are Washington State, University of Colorado, Nevada, and UC Davis.
Francis played AYFS & JPS Youth Football before following his older brother Francisco to Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Standing at 6'6- 280lbs in his first year of high school football, Francis has accomplished something that has never been done before by any student-athlete from American Samoa. He started at the varsity football level playing offensive and defensive line. He dominated the opposition on both sides of the ball; and, as of today, Francis is ranked the #1 DL prospect in the country for his recruiting class. He is also ranked #7 prospect in the country for the 2023 class.
He received his first offer from Missouri Southern State University, his recruiting picked up tremendously when the University of Michigan offer was announced. Francis recently received an offer from LSU who are 2019 NCAA National Champions. He also hold offers from USC, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, Army, Arizona State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oregon State, Washington, Idaho State, Southeast Missouri State, and Tennessee.
With three more years of playing high school football Francis recruiting will continue to pick up. A few of the programs that have offered Francisco and Francis have strong ties to American Samoa. Coach Joe Salave'a from the University of Oregon (Leone), Coach Shaun Nua University of Michigan (Manu'a), and Coach Keiki Misipeka Missouri Southern State University (Fagatogo).
FIDELIS & FEDELMA
Fidelis is the youngest of the boys, and currently lives in Hawaii. He's in 8th grade and a dual-sport athlete playing football and basketball. It will only be a matter of time before Fidelis hits high school where his recruiting will begin.
Fedelma is the youngest baby girl of the family — and time will tell what her contribution to the family’s legacy will be.
The Fa'a Samoa is instilled in the siblings and have strong Christian values. They are the proud sons of Telesia Iulio Mauigoa of Aua and Faalialia Mauigoa from Fusi-Safata in Samoa.
The family foremost thanks God for the talent and the many blessings that are shown in so many ways and through so many people.
They believe early exposure to youth football has set the foundation to discover and then continue to explore and expand their passion in the sport —thanks to AYFS and JPS. Their thanks also goes out to the many family of coaches and counselors (local and abroad) who’ve sacrificed their time and effort to coach and counsel each of the boys and daughter.
“We further want to thank Rachel Jennings and those who’ve kindly hosted the kids without cost, and Teka and Mark Shelton, Siloo and Moli Peapea, Akenese and Petelo Petelo, Momma C., Momma Kristina and Jim, Brian and Suzette.
“Prayer warriors at the VOC- Vaitogi under the leadership of Rev. Fusifou and Vaosa Mauigoa, thank you for the many prayers,” the family concluded.