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FOOTBALL NAMES SOLOMONA TAPASA DEFENSIVE LINE COACH

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team added the final piece to its 2014 coaching staff with the hiring of defensive line coach Solomona Tapasa, it was announced today by head coach Marshall Sperbeck.

Tapasa comes to the Hornets from Western Oregon where he served as the offensive line coach for the past three seasons. He has also had experiences at Eastern Oregon, Humboldt State, Southern Utah and played at Portland State.

"Solomona brings a lot of experience to our staff having coached on both sides of the ball and in the Big Sky Conference," Sperbeck said. "He has a great football mind and we look forward to working with him."

In the most recent season at Western Oregon, Tapasa coached Marcus Cuellar to all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors. The team posted a 7-4 overall record and averaged 30.4 points per game. In 2012, Tapasa had two offensive lineman named all-GNAC comprised of Cuellar and Alex Jones.

In his first season as the leader of the front line, he helped WOU average 27.1 points and 349 yards of total offense per game. Four members of the line were named to the all-GNAC team, including the GNAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and NFL draftee Jason Slowey.

Prior to working at Western Oregon, Tapasa was the defensive coordinator at Eastern Oregon in 2010. From 2008-09 he was the defensive line coach at Humboldt State where he coached Luke Swangler to all-league honors during his final season.

Tapasa spent 2007 at Southern Utah as the defensive line coach. That job followed a three-year run at Western Oregon (2004-06) in the same role.

Along with coaching his primary position group, Tapasa has also been responsible for the long snappers for all but one season of his coaching career.

Prior to joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Tapasa spent time serving as an assistant football coach at Sunset High School in Portland, Ore., and at Estacada (Ore.) High School.

Tapasa earned his bachelor's degree in pre-law at Portland State in 1992 before receiving his master's in health education from Western Oregon in 2006. A native of American Samoa, he and his wife, Joanna, have five daughters.

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