Former USC linebacker Rocky Seto is in his eighth year on the USC staff, including his fourth as a full-time assistant. He took over handling of the secondary in 2006 after being in charge of the linebackers in 2004 and 2005 and the safeties in 2003.
In 2005, linebacker Rey Maualuga was a Freshman All-American first teamer.
In 2004, linebackers Matt Grootegoed and Lofa Tatupu were named All-American first teamers (Grootegoed also was a Butkus Award finalist and Tatupu was a NFL second round pick). The Trojans won their second consecutive national championship.
In 2003, safety Darnell Bing was a Freshman All-American first teamer. Troy won its first national championship since 1978.
He spent the previous 2 years (2001-02) as a Trojan graduate assistant, the first year working with the defense in general and then handling the safeties in 2002 (where he worked with All-American first teamer and NFL first rounder Troy Polamalu).
He spent the 2000 season as an administrative graduate assistant with the USC program. In 1999, he was a volunteer assistant, working with the defense and special teams.
USC played in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl, 2003 Orange Bowl, 2004 Rose Bowl, 2005 Orange Bowl (BCS Championship Game) and 2006 Rose Bowl (BCS Championship Game).
Seto, 30, was a linebacker at USC for 2 seasons (1997-98). After spending 1997 as a walk-on, he earned a scholarship for the 1998 season. He was awarded USC's Black Shirt (scout team) Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1998.
He transferred to USC from Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut (Calif.), where he was a fullback and defensive end in 1995 and 1996. His coach at Mt. San Antonio was ex-USC All-American offensive guard Bill Fisk.
He prepped at Arcadia (Calif.) High, where he was on the football and track teams.
He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science from USC in 1999 after getting his associate's degree in general studies from Mt. San Antonio in 1997. He then earned his master's degree in public administration from USC in 2001.
Born March 12, 1976, his wife's name is Sharla (she played soccer at USC under her maiden name of Chiang, including on the Women of Troy's 1998 Pac-10 championship squad). They have a daughter, Kaylani, 1.