Four Assistant Football Coaches Join USC
Jan. 9, 2001
LOS ANGELES--Four new assistant coaches-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Norm Chow, running backs coach Wayne Moses, offensive line coach Keith Uperesa and inside linebackers coach Nick Holt-have been named to the USC football staff, new Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.
Carroll also said that two members of the 2000 USC football coaching staff have been retained. Ed Orgeron, who came to Troy in 1998, will continue as the defensive line coach and now also will serve as Troy's recruiting coordinator. Kennedy Pola, who was USC's running backs coach last season, will move to defense and handle the outside linebackers.
Additionally, Carroll named Mike Sullivan as director of football administration and Mark Jackson as program manager.
These staffers will join DeWayne Walker, who last month was named USC's secondary coach after handling that duty for the previous 3 seasons with the New England Patriots (he also coached at Utah State and California). Carroll announced that Walker also will serve as the Trojans' associate head coach.
Carroll said that the remaining coaching positions-wide receivers, tight ends and special teams-are in the process of being filled and will be announced in the near future.
"I'm excited about the staff we are assembling," said Carroll. "Our players will be guided by some of the best teachers in the business.
"It starts with Norm Chow, whose ability and reputation as an offensive coordinator are unmatched. The Trojan offense will be highly productive and fun to watch under Norm. He has developed some of the best quarterbacks and top offenses in college history. It's a real coup that he is joining us.
"Wayne Moses has great experience coaching running backs, especially throughout the Pac-10. He brings a lot to our running attack and is an outstanding recruiter. Keith Uperesa has done a great job putting together very productive offensive lines in his career. He and Norm are very familiar with each other from their days at BYU, so that should help the continuity as we build up our offensive front.
"Our defensive staff is now complete. I will run the defense with the help of four outstanding assistants. As I said earlier when we hired him, I am very comfortable with DeWayne Walker. He knows my style and system, and that should be a tremendous plus as we put together our defense. He's an excellent secondary coach with experience in college and the pros. Ed Orgeron is a fiery person who has had success here assembling dominant defensive lines. In addition, he's the right person to coordinate our recruiting efforts. It was vital that Kennedy Pola remained on the Trojan staff. He is well-respected and will bring an emotional edge to the defensive side of the ball, where he has both played and coached. Nick Holt has had great success at each of his previous coaching jobs and brings the kind of toughness I like in my linebacker coaches."
Biographies on Chow, Moses, Uperesa, Holt, Sullivan and Jackson follow, as well as Walker, Orgeron and Pola.
NORM CHOW Offensive Coordinator Quarterbacks
Norm Chow is regarded as one of the premier offensive coordinators and quarterback coaches in college football.
He spent the 2000 season handling those duties at North Carolina State, where he helped the Wolfpack to an 8-4 season and a victory in the Micronpc.com Bowl. The NCSU passing offense was ranked 15th nationally (292.6). His quarterback, Philip Rivers, was a Freshman All-American who completed 53.7% (237-of-441) of his passes for 3,054 yards with 25 touchdowns and was 12th nationally in total offense (269.9).
Before that, the 54-year-old Chow spent the previous 22 years (1978-99) at BYU. At various times, he was the Cougars assistant head coach, offensive coordinator (since 1985), quarterbacks coach, receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
He coached 6 of the NCAA's top 12 career passing efficiency leaders and was involved with squads that hold 11 of the top 30 single season passing yardage totals in NCAA history. He coached in 20 bowls at BYU and was on the staff of the Cougars' 1984 national championship team.
He was named the National Assistant Coach of the Year in 1999 by the American Football Foundation and in 1993 by Athlon. He was the 1996 Division I Offensive Coordinator of the Year by American Football Quarterly. In 1996, he was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award (given to the nation's top assistant).
Among the Cougar players he coached were a number of future NFL stars, including quarterbacks Steve Young, Jim McMahon, Marc Wilson, Gifford Nielsen, Ty Detmer and Robbie Bosco, plus tight end Todd Christensen. Detmer won the 1990 Heisman Trophy and was a Davey O'Brien Trophy winner (twice), as were Young and McMahon.
Chow began his coaching career as the head coach at Waialua (Hi.) High for 4 seasons (1970-73), then was a graduate assistant at BYU for 2 years (1976-77).
He was a 2-year starter and 3-year letterman at offensive guard for Utah (1965-67). In 1967, he earned All-Western Athletic Conference first team and All-American honorable mention honors. He was selected to Utah's All-Century Team.
He then played in the Canadian Football League for 1 season before a knee injury ended his playing career.
He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Utah in 1968, his master's in special education from Utah in 1970 and his doctorate in educational psychology from BYU in 1979.
He prepped at Punahou High in Honolulu, Hi.
He was born on May 3, 1946. He and his wife, Diane, have 3 sons-Carter, Cameron and Chandler-and a daughter, Maile.
WAYNE MOSES Running Backs
Wayne Moses has 21 years of collegiate coaching experience, working with running backs in all but 2 of those seasons. In the past 11 years, he has tutored Pac-10 runners. Six of his pupils have had 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
He was the running backs coach at his alma mater, Washington, for the past 4 seasons (1997-2000). Washington led the Pac-10 in rushing in 2000 (16th nationally). The Huskies played in a bowl game each year (1997 Aloha Bowl, 1998 Oahu Bowl, 1999 Holiday Bowl and 2001 Rose Bowl).
He spent the 1996 season handling the running backs at California (the Golden Bears appeared in the Aloha Bowl) after 6 years (1990-95) in a similar role at UCLA. Two of his players, Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Williams, led the Pac-10 in rushing. The Bruins played in the 1991 John Hancock Bowl, 1994 Rose Bowl and 1995 Aloha Bowl.
Moses, 45, began his coaching career in 1980 at North Carolina State, where he worked with the defensive backs with Pete Carroll. He then was the running backs coach at Bowling Green for 3 years (1981-83), Rutgers for 2 seasons (1984-85) and San Diego State for 3 years (1986-88). Paul Hewitt of the Aztecs led the nation in scoring in 1987. Bowling Green played in the 1982 California Bowl and San Diego State was in the 1986 Holiday Bowl. Next, he was the wide receivers coach at New Mexico in 1989 before moving to UCLA. His receiver, Terance Mathis, set NCAA career records for receptions and receiving yardage.
He was a coaching intern with the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos during the summers of 1990, 1993 and 1999, respectively.
He was a 4-year (1973-74, 1976-77) letterman at Washington, where he started at cornerback (intercepting 7 passes) his last 2 seasons. He played in the 1978 Rose Bowl. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from Washington in 1977. He spent 6 months out of football when he was hired by the FBI to train as an agent.
He played football at San Dimas (Calif.) High.
He was born Jan. 11, 1955. He and his wife, Rosalind, have 2 daughters: Valerie and Kimberly.
KEITH UPERESA Offensive Line
Keith Uperesa has had success follow him throughout his coaching career.
He spent the past 2 seasons (1999-2000) as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Idaho State. The 1999 Bengals had one of the best offenses in school history, with a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a team scoring average of more than 30 points. In 2000, those numbers nearly repeated (a 2,800-yard quarterback, a 900-yard runner and a 29.9 scoring average).
Uperesa, 45, spent the previous 12 seasons (1987-98) at Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Ut., including as head coach for the last 4 years (1995-98). His head coaching mark was 35-8 (he was 4-0 in bowls). His 1995 squad went 9-2, was ranked seventh nationally and won the Real Dairy Bowl. In 1996, Snow was 10-1, ranked No. 4 and won the Midwest Bowl as he was named Western States Football League Coach of the Year. Snow went 8-3 in 1997 with a No. 6 ranking and a Mineral Water Bowl victory. His 1998 team finished 8-2, was ranked fifth nationally and captured the Dixie Rotary Bowl (that squad averaged 44.5 points per game and threw 36 touchdown passes), Josh Heupel, who guided Oklahoma to the 2000 national championship, was Snow's quarterback that season.
In his first 8 seasons at Snow, he held a variety of duties, including offensive line coach, special teams coordinator, sports information director, director of student support services, assistant intramural director, health and physical education department instructor and Polynesian Club advisor.
Uperesa began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at BYU, his alma mater, for 2 seasons (1985-86). The Cougars played in the 1985 Citrus Bowl and 1986 Freedom Bowl.
He played at BYU for 4 seasons (1974-77), where he was an All-Western Athletic Conference offensive tackle in 1977. He played in the 1977 Hula Bowl and Blue-Gray Classic.
He earned his bachelor's degree in recreational management in 1984 and his master's in physical education administration in 1986, both from BYU.
He played in the NFL with the Denver Broncos in 1978 and the Oakland Raiders in 1979. He then worked in private business before coaching at BYU.
He prepped at Punahou High in Honolulu, Hi., where he starred in football, basketball and track.
He was born July 28, 1955. He and his wife, Kaipo, have a son, Ikaika, 20, and 2 daughters, Naupaka, 17, and Kahikole, 11.
NICK HOLT Inside Linebackers
Nick Holt was the defensive line coach at Louisville for the past 3 seasons (1998-2000). In 2000, the Cardinals were fourth nationally in rushing defense (79.9), set a school record for sacks with 50 (second in the nation) and were second nationally in turnovers with 38. Louisville appeared in a bowl game each season (the 1998 Motor City Bowl, 1999 Humanitarian Bowl and 2000 Liberty Bowl).
Holt, 38, came to Louisville after 8 seasons (1990-97) at Idaho. He was in charge of the defensive line for the first 5 years and then was the linebackers coach the final 3 seasons. He also served as the defensive coordinator for 4 of those seasons. His 1994 unit topped Division I-AA in run defense.
He began his coaching career in 1986 as an assistant at St. Mary's High in Stockton (Calif.). He then was a graduate assistant at UNLV in 1987 before becoming the Rebels' linebackers coach the following seasons (1989).
He was an All-American honorable mention selection at linebacker for Pacific in 1985, when he also earned All-AP West Coast and All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association notice.
He was born Oct. 15, 1962. He and his wife, Julie (who was Idaho's head women's basketball for 4 years), have 2 sons, Nick, 8, and Ben, 3.
MIKE SULLIVAN Director of Football Administration
Mike Sullivan spent the past 2 seasons (1999-2000) as an assistant at Army (U.S. Military Academy), handling his alma mater's outside linebackers in 2000 after directing the defensive backs in 1999.
Before that, he was the defensive backs coach at Youngstown State for 2 years (1997-98). He also worked with the punt block and return units. The 1997 Penguins won the NCAA Division I-AA national championship.
Sullivan, 33, began his coaching career at Mt. San Jacinto (Calif.) Community College in the spring of 1993. He then was a graduate assistant at Humboldt State for 2 years (1993-94), working with the tight ends and wide receivers. He next spent 2 years (1995-96) at Army, working with the inside linebackers and serving as the junior varsity's defensive coordinator the first season and then helping with the outside linebackers and long snappers the second season, as well as serving as the head junior varsity coach. Army played in the 1996 Independence Bowl.
Sullivan was a defensive back and standout special teams player at Army for 4 seasons (1985-88). He played in the 1985 Peach Bowl and 1988 Sun Bowl.
He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Army in 1989 and his master's in health and physical education from Humboldt State in 1995. After graduating from West Point, he graduated from the Army's Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault schools, and served as an Infantry Officer at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.
He was on the football and track teams at Cabrillo High in Lompoc, Calif. He was born Jan. 28, 1967. His wife's name is Julie.
MARK JACKSON Program Manager
Mark Jackson was a coaching assistant with the New England Patriots for the past 3 seasons (1998-2000), including the first 2 years working for Pete Carroll. He assisted with the special teams.
He originally worked in the Patriots media relations department, serving internships in the summers of 1994 and 1995.
Jackson, 28, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Trinity College for 2 seasons (1995-96), helping with the offensive backfield and special teams.
He played cornerback at Colby College for 4 years (1991-94).
He received his bachelor's degree in government from Colby in 1995 and his master's in public policy from Trinity in 1997.
He was on the football, basketball and track teams at Xaverian Brothers High in Westwood, Ma.
He was born Sept. 14, 1972. His wife's name is Tricia. He ran in the 1997 Boston Marathon.
DeWAYNE WALKER Secondary Associate Head Coach
Walker has 13 years of coaching experience at the college and NFL level. He spent the past 3 seasons (1998-2000) as a defensive assistant for the Patriots, handling the secondary. He worked with Patriot Pro Bowl defensive backs Lawyer Milloy and Ty Law.
He first became acquainted with Pete Carroll while serving a minority summer coaching internship with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996. He then had a similar internship with Carroll at the Patriots in 1997.
Walker, 40, began his coaching career at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, Calif., for 5 seasons (1988-92). He was the secondary coach the first 4 years, then became the defensive coordinator in 1992.
He moved to the Division I collegiate level next, first for a year (1993) as the defensive backs coach at Utah State, where he developed a pair of all-conference cornerbacks, Damon Smith and Donard Toomer. The Aggies beat Ball State in the Las Vegas Bowl that season.
He then spent 1994 as the secondary coach at BYU, where cornerback Pat Mitchell was an all-league pick (Walker also coached the punt returners on special teams). The Cougars beat Oklahoma in the Copper Bowl that season.
He next was the secondary coach at Oklahoma State in 1995, coaching NFL first rounder R.W. McQuarters.
He then spent 2 seasons (1996-97) as the secondary coach at California, coaching future NFL defensive backs Kato Serwanga and Marquis Smith, before moving to the NFL's Patriots. The 1996 Golden Bear squad played in the Aloha Bowl.
Walker, who starred in football at Muir High in Pasadena, Calif., was an all-conference defensive back at Pasadena City College in 1979. He then started at cornerback for 2 seasons (1980-81) at Minnesota.
He earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies in 1986 from Regents College in Albany, N.Y.
He played professionally for 3 seasons, first with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 1982, then with the USFL's Oakland Invaders in 1984 and Arizona Outlaws in 1985.
He was born Dec. 3, 1960. He and his wife, Zan, have 3 children: daughters Kesha, 19, and Kendra, 8, and son Kevan, 11.
ED ORGERON Defensive Line Recruiting Coordinator
Ed Orgeron, regarded as one of college football's premier defensive line coaches, has been USC's defensive line coach the past 3 seasons (1998-2000). He joined the USC staff in January of 1998.
In 1998, Trojan defensive tackle Ennis Davis was named to the All-Pac-10 first team and USC played in the Sun Bowl.
Orgeron, 39, has 16 years of coaching experience. He was Syracuse's defensive line coach the previous 3 seasons (1995-97) and the Orangemen played in a bowl game each year (1996 Gator, 1996 Liberty and 1997 Fiesta).
He came to Syracuse from Nicholls State, where he was the linebackers coach in 1994.
Before that, he was the defensive line coach at Miami for 4 seasons (1989-92), where he coached 8 All-Americans, including NFL first rounders Cortez Kennedy, Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp. In 1988, he was a graduate assistant at Miami, working with the defensive line. During his tenure, the Hurricanes won the national championship twice (1989 and 1991), finished second in the AP poll once (1988) and third twice (1990 and 1992) while appearing in 5 New Year's Day bowls (1989 Orange, 1990 Sugar, 1991 Cotton, 1992 Orange, 1993 Sugar).
Orgeron also was a graduate assistant at Northwestern (La.) State, his alma mater, in 1984 and McNeese State in 1985, working with the defensive line at both schools, then was an assistant strength coach at Arkansas for 2 years (1986-87). The Razorbacks were in the 1987 Orange Bowl and 1987 Liberty Bowl. He worked in private business in 1993.
He was a 4-year starting defensive lineman at Northwestern State, captaining the Demons as a senior. He received his bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Northwestern State in 1984.
He starred in football, basketball and track at South Lafourche High in Galliano, La.
Born July 27, 1961, he and his wife, Kelly, have 3 sons, Tyler, 8, and 2-year-old twins Parker and Cody.
KENNEDY POLA Outside Linebackers
Kennedy Pola, a former USC fullback and linebacker in the mid-1980s, was Troy's running backs coach in 2000. He returned to his alma mater in December of 1999.
In 2000, tailback Sultan McCullough ran for 1,163 yards.
Pola, 37, spent 1999 as the linebackers coach at San Diego State, working under former USC head coach Ted Tollner.
He coached the running backs at Colorado in 1997 and 1998. The 1998 Buffalo team won the Aloha Bowl.
Before that, he spent 3 years (1994 to 1996) as San Diego State's running backs coach, guiding a pair of 1,000-yard rushers (Wayne Pittman in 1994 and George Jones in 1995). Jones, who was 32 yards shy of 1,000 yards in 1996, won All-WAC first team honors in 1995 and has played in the NFL with Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. Pola also worked with the Aztecs special teams (in 1996, punter Noel Prefontaine was an All-American first teamer, placekicker Peter Holt was runnerup for the Lou Groza Award given to the nation's top kicker and return specialist Leandrew Childs was an All-WAC first team pick).
Pola was a graduate assistant coach at UCLA in 1992 and 1993, working with the secondary and special teams. The 1993 Bruins squad played in the Rose Bowl.
He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Crespi High in Encino, Calif., for 3 seasons (1986-88) and then Westlake High in Westlake Village (Calif.) for 3 years (1989-91). Crespi won the 1986 CIF Division I championship and he coached prep All-American running back Russell White, who starred at California.
Pola was a 4-year letterman (1982-85) at USC, playing both fullback and linebacker. He began his Trojan career as a backup linebacker, but was moved to fullback by midseason of his freshman year. He ended up starting there the last 2 games of 1982 against UCLA and Notre Dame, as well as most of the next 3 seasons. In his career, he ran for 681 yards (he also caught 23 passes and in 1983 threw a 65-yard scoring pass against Stanford). He helped USC to a victory over Ohio State in the 1985 Rose Bowl (he also played in the 1985 Aloha Bowl).
He earned his bachelor's degree in history from USC in 1987.
He attended at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., where he was a prep All-American in football (he also was on the basketball and track teams).
His nephew, Troy Polamalu, is a junior safety on the USC football team. His brother, Al, played football at Penn State. Nephew Nicky Sualua has played running back in the NFL with Dallas and Cincinnati after attending Ohio State, while another nephew, Leie Sualua, was a defensive lineman at Oregon.
He was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, on Nov. 22, 1963, the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated (Pola was named in his honor).
He and his wife, Diane, have 3 sons: K.C. (Kennedy Christopher), 9, Matthew Aoatoa, 6, and Raymond Trey, 3.