Chad Kauha'aha'a (pronounced cow-ha-a-ha-a) is starting his second season as Wisconsin's defensive line coach.
Kauha'aha'a's unit contributed to a defensive effort that saw Wisconsin rank No. 6 in scoring defense (16.3 ppg) and No. 7 in total defense (305.1 ypg) in its first season utilizing a 3-4 alignment. The Badgers held five of 13 opponents out of the end zone on the season and also limited seven opponents to 10 points or fewer. On average, the Badgers held FBS opponents 12.1 points below the scoring average of their other games.
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Wisconsin held opponents to just 4.73 yards per play, the eighth-best mark of any defense in the country. UW also forced its foes to go three-and-out on 44.2 percent of their drives, the second-best mark of any team in the nation.
Wisconsin's defensive line helped anchor one of the top rushing defenses in the country in 2013, with UW finishing fifth nationally in rushing yards allowed per game (102.5) and holding each of its 13 opponents below their season rushing average.
The Badgers allowed just four running plays of 20 yards or longer, the fewest in the nation, and had only one opposing player top the 100-yard threshold during their 13-game season.
Individually, Kauha'aha'a mentored a pair of players that earned spots on NFL rosters. Senior nose guard Beau Allen was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2014 NFL Draft, while senior defensive tackle Ethan Hemer signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
During the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Utah, Kauha'aha'a groomed one of the top defensive tackles in the country, Star Lotulelei, who went on to be a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Joe Kruger, a former defensive end at Utah, was taken in the seventh round of the same draft.
In Kauha'aha'a's two seasons at Utah, the Utes ranked among the top 25 in the country in rushing defense, finishing 20th in 2011 (113.5 ypg.) and 23rd in 2012 (128.2 ypg.).
In 2011, Kauha'aha'a's first season as Utah's defensive line coach, he produced two first-team All-Pac-12 players, a Morris Award winner and a bowl MVP.
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 and 2010 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 letterwinner 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 and won "The Ultimate Fighter 3."