Editor’s Note: This article is a press release from Brigham Young University.
BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake announced three more members of his staff Thursday, naming Steve Kaufusi as defensive line coach, Mike Empey as offensive line coach and Nu‘u Tafisi as strength and conditioning coach.
Kaufusi has been at BYU since 2002 and has more than two decades of coaching experience. Most recently, he coached a defensive line group that combined for 19.5 sacks in 2015 and helped BYU set a new season high for team sacks with 40.
Empey is a former BYU offensive lineman who blocked for Ty Detmer, now the Cougars’ offensive coordinator, in 1991. He has more than 11 years of college coaching experience, including as a position coach at UNLV and head coach at Snow College. Most recently, Empey has been the offensive coordinator at American Fork High School, helping them to the state title game in 2014.
Empey previously coached at BYU for five seasons as a full-time coach. He coached tackles and tight ends under LaVell Edwards in 2000, then tight ends from 2001 to 2004 under Gary Crowton. He coached NFL draft picks Tevita Ofahengaue, Doug Jolley, Spencer Nead, Dustin Rykert and Dennis Pitta along with free agents Daniel Coats and Gabe Reid.
Tafisi comes to BYU from USC, where he was a strength and conditioning assistant coach in 2015. He was an assistant at Utah from 2012 to 2014, a graduate assistant at Boise State in 2011 and interned with the University of California in 2010.
An East High School alum, Tafisi played two seasons at California where he started 24 of 25 games as a defensive end for the Bears, totaling 70 tackles and nine sacks in his two seasons. He spent two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.