Marques Tuiasosopo
    Marques Tuiasosopo

    Tight Ends Coach/Associate Head Coach Offense

    Marques Tuiasosopo, who played quarterback at Washington and in the NFL, joined the USC staff in December of 2013 as the associate head coach offense and tight ends coach.

    He spent 2013 as Washington's quarterbacks coach. He served as UW's interim head coach in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl (a 31-16 UW victory) after Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian became USC's head coach.

    Before that, Tuiasosopo was the tight ends coach at UCLA in 2012 after having served as an intern in the Bruins' football office in 2011. He was elevated to UCLA's fulltime quarterbacks coach for the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. UCLA played in the 2012 Holiday Bowl.

    He was an assistant strength coach at Washington in 2009 and 2010. The Huskies played in the 2010 Holiday Bowl.

    Tuiasosopo, 34, was the 2000 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and 2001 Rose Bowl MVP as a quarterback at Washington, where he lettered 4 seasons (1997-2000). He set UW's career total offense record as he passed for 5,879 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for 1,495 yards with 21 TDs. In a victory over Stanford in 1999, he became the first NCAA Division I player to pass for 300 yards and rush for 200 yards in a game (he threw for 302 and ran for 207). In the 1997 Oregon game, he became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Washington. He was the Huskies' team captain in 1999 and 2000. Washington also played in the 1997 Aloha Bowl, 1998 Oahu Bowl and 1999 Holiday Bowl.

    Tuiasosopo earned his bachelor's degree in business from Washington in 2001.

    A second round NFL draft pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2001, he played quarterback for the Raiders for 7 seasons (2001-06, 2008) and the New York Jets in 2007.

    He starred in football and baseball at Woodinville (Wash.) High. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins out of high school, but chose to play collegiate football.

    Three of Tuiasosopo's 4 siblings were varsity athletes at Washington. His sister, Leslie, was an All-Pac-10 volleyball player at Washington (1995-98) and is now the Huskies' associate head coach. His brother, Zach, played fullback and linebacker at UW (2001-04), while his sister, Ashley, played softball at UW (2008-11). Another brother, Matt, signed a letter of intent to play quarterback for UW, but instead signed a professional baseball contract out of high school and has played in the majors with the Seattle Mariners (2008-10) and Detroit Tigers (2013).

    He has football running throughout his immediate and extended family. His father, Manu, played defensive line at UCLA (1975-78) and then in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks (1979-83) and San Francisco 49ers (1984-86). Cousin John Tautolo played at UCLA (1977-80) and then with the New York Giants (1982-83) and Los Angeles Raiders (1987) as a guard, while cousin Terry Tautolo played at UCLA (1974-75) and with the Philadelphia Eagles (1976-79), San Francisco 49ers (1980-81), Detroit Lions (1981-82, 1984) and Miami Dolphins (1983) as a linebacker. His second cousins are former USC offensive guard Titus Tuiasosopo (1990-92), Navy Tuiasosopo, who played at Utah State (1983-86) and then with the Los Angeles Rams (1987), and Mike Tuiasosopo, who played at Pacific Lutheran, then was an assistant coach at Pacific (1991), Utah State (1996-99), Nevada (2000-02), Utah (2003), Arizona (2004-10), Colorado (2011-12) and now at UCLA.

    He was born on March 22, 1979. He and his wife Lisa, a former volleyball player at North Carolina, have two sons, Brayden, 5, and Bryce, 3, and a daughter, Kylie, 1.


    BIRTHDAY: March 22, 1979

    FAMILY: Wife, Lisa; Sons, Brayden, 5, and Bryce, 3; Daughter, Kylie, 1

    HIGH SCHOOL: Woodinville (Wash.) HS

    EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, business, Washington, 2001

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Woodinville (Wash.) HS

    Washington, quarterback, 1997-2000

    Oakland Raiders, quarterback, 2001-06, 2008

    New York Jets, quarterback, 2007



    2009 Washington Assistant Strength Coach --

    2010 Washington Assistant Strength Coach Holiday

    2011 UCLA Intern* Fight Hunger

    2012 UCLA Tight Ends Holiday

    2013 Washington Quarterbacks** Fight Hunger

    *Quarterbacks coach for bowl game

    **Interim head coach for bowl game

    NFL STARS: Joseph Fauria