Chad Kauha'aha'a (pronounced cow-ha-a-ha-a) is starting his first season as Wisconsin's defensive line coach. He spent the last two years at Utah, where he groomed one of the top defensive tackles in the country.
Kauha'aha'a mentored the highly decorated Star Lotulelei, the Utah defensive tackle projected by some to be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. A two-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection, Lotulelei was named a first-team All-American by Walter Camp and the Associated Press. He finished the season with 42 tackles, including a team-high 11 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks. The senior also had four pass breakups, tied for second in the country with four fumble recoveries and forced three fumbles.
Another of Kauha'aha'a's pupils, defensive end Joe Kruger, announced he is leaving Utah following his junior season and is projected as a second-round draft pick. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 choice in 2012 and had nine sacks and 14 TFLs in the last two seasons.
In Kauha'aha'a's two seasons at Utah, the Utes have ranked among the top 25 in the country in rush defense, finishing 20th in 2011 (113.5 ypg.) and 23rd this past season (128.2 ypg.).
In 2011, Kauha'aha'a's first as Utah's defensive line coach, he produced two first-team All-Pac-12 players, a Morris Award winner and a bowl MVP.
Derrick Shelby and Lotulelei represented Utah on the all-conference first team and Lotulelei won the Morris Award, honoring him as the league's best defensive lineman. Lotulelei was also voted the Most Valuable Lineman of the Sun Bowl. Shelby was named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week in October for his game against Pitt.
Two of his Ute linemen were picked up by NFL teams as free agents after their senior season: Tevita Finau (Arizona) and Shelby (Miami). Shelby appeared in all 16 games for the Dolphins in 2012 while Finau finished the season on the New York Jets' practice squad.
Before joining his alma mater's staff, the former Ute defensive end was a member of Gary Andersen's first staff at Utah State, spending the 2009-10 seasons as USU's defensive line coach. He worked in the same capacity at Weber State from 2005-09, helping the Wildcats to a share of the 2008 Big Sky Conference title. Weber advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2008 Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
At Weber State, Kauha'aha'a coached FCS first-team All-America defensive end Brady Fosmark, also a first-team All-Big Sky pick along with defensive tackle Shane Barkdull.
Kauha'aha'a got his coaching start in his hometown of Maui, Hawaii, at Baldwin High School. There, he posted a 25-5-2 record in three seasons, winning two Maui Interscholastic League championships. His teams ranked in the top five in the state all three seasons. Baldwin High's Kaluka Maiava went on to play for USC and is now with the Cleveland Browns.
A three-year letterman during his playing career at Utah from 1993-96, Kauha'aha'a was a second-team All-WAC defensive lineman in 1996. He earned honorable mention honors in 1995. He was a two-time recipient of Utah's Walt DeLand Award, presented to the Ute football player who overcomes adversity to make a contribution. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Utah in 1997.
Kauha'aha'a is married to the former Lena Reyes and they have two children, Walter and Chaseten. Kauha'aha'a's brother, Kendall "The Spyder" Grove, is a mixed martial artist in the UFC and won "The Ultimate Fighter 3."