BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki moving on from the Cougars | News, Sports, Jobs

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BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki talks to his players during the 35-10 Cougar loss at Mississippi State on Oct. 14, 2017.

It had been a rough season for the BYU football team’s defense in 2022 and that meant a lot of pressure and questions were directed at Cougar defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki.

BYU concluded its final regular season game with a 35-26 win at Stanford on Saturday and less than 24 hours later, Tuiaki announced he will be moving on from coaching the Cougars.

“What a great 7 year run it’s been,” Tuiaki posted on his personal Facebook page and other social media accounts. “It’s time to venture out and pursue a new challenge.

“I want to say thank you.

“Thank you to my friend, my brother and mentor Kalani Sitake for the opportunity to coordinate this defense all these years. Timbely, Skye, Sadie, KK & Sylvie, we love you dearly. The Tuiaki’s and Sitake’s go way back to TVA in Laie & 5th East in Provo. This job can’t sever the bond that we’ve built in the fire of adversity growing up with nothing. Contrary to BYU fan belief, we aren’t related! But we will forever be family. #LaieBoyz #ProvoBoyz

“To my defensive staff who have worked countless hours with me, I’ve learned so much about the game of football as well as the game of life through you. Thank you for your loyalty & friendship.

“Thank you to all of the players through the years that I’ve had a chance to coach and recruit to BYU. A huge thank you to your families and to your wives who have joined you during the journey. Thank you for sharing and trusting us with your sons & husbands. I want you players to know that I gave you my best!

“To all of our True Blue Hero’s and their families, thank you for sharing your lives & stories with us. I am forever changed, for the better, because of my acquaintance with you and the faith and love you live your lives by.

“To the passionate Cougar fan base, thank you for the memories. I’ve made a lot of friends and met a lot of awesome people during my time here.

“Thank you to the administration for the support through the years & the opportunity.

“And lastly, I want to say thank you to the best part of me. Thank you Viola. Always silent, humble and supportive through everything. I love my family and look forward to another challenge and opportunity to grow with you.”

Tuiaki was named BYU defensive coordinator on Dec. 24, 2015 and spent the next seven seasons in Provo. During that time he also coached linebackers and the defensive line.

He grew up in Provo, played football at Snow College and Southern Utah, and had coaching stops at Utah, Utah State and Oregon State.

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