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The Beavers ranked second in the conference and 20th in the

nation in scoring defense in 2012 as they held opponents under 21

points per game and nearly set the school record for fewest overall

points allowed for a 13-game season. The defense held four opponents

under 10 points, the most for the program since 2000, and were third

in the Pac-12 in both total defense and rushing defense as Crichton

and Andrew Seumalo, Joe’s son, earned All-Pac-12 First-Team and

Honorable Mention recognition, respectively.

A pair of freshman All-Americans on the defensive line paced OSU

in 2011 as Crichton forced a school-record six fumbles and Dylan

Wynn recovered a school-record five fumbles. OSU’s rushing defense

ranked among the top 25 in the nation in 2009 and Paea, who earned

the first of his two Morris Trophies, helped the Beavers play in their

fourth consecutive bowl game.

In 2008, OSU ranked second in the Pac-10 in fewest yards allowed

per game and sacks, and fifth in yards lost via tackles for loss behind

a trio of All-Pac-10 recipients, including fourth-round selections Victor

Butler and Slade Norris. Butler set a school record with 21.5 tackles

for loss and tied the program’s top marks in both sacks with 12 and

forced fumbles with four to lead a defense that was the only unit that

season to hold an opponent scoreless in a bowl game as they shutout

Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl.

OSU led the nation in run defense in 2007 as it held opponents

to just under 71 yards per game and ranked fourth in sacks, sixth

in tackles for loss, and eighth in total defense. Seumalo’s line led a

defensive charge that kept 12 of the Beavers’ 13 opponents under their

season average for rushing yards.

The Beavers were first in the Pac-10 in sacks and led the nation

in tackles-for-loss yardage in Seumalo’s first season in Corvallis,

which produced two of the most memorable plays in OSU history.

Defensive linemen Ben Siegert block a school-record two kicks in a

win over Oregon, and Jeff Van Orsow deflected John David Booty’s

two-point conversion to preserve the team’s 33-31 win against USC

and end the Trojans’ 38-game regular season and 27-game conference

winning streaks.

Prior to his stint at OSU, Seumalo was the defensive line coach

at San Jose State in 2005 and spent four years as the defensive line

coach at Cal Poly from 2001-04.

He helped put together one of the top defenses in Division I-AA at

Cal Poly as the Mustangs finished third in the nation in rushing defense

and ninth in scoring defense in his final season in 2004. He mentored

All-American Chris Gocong, who led all I-AA players with 17.5 sacks

and was second in tackles-for-loss at 21.5. Overall, the Mustangs

averaged 39 sacks per season in Seumalo’s four years.

Seumalo began his coaching career at Kaiser High School in

Honolulu in 1994, and also served as a guest coach for the Columbia

Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1996 and the Hawai’I

Hammerheads of the Indoor Football League in 1999.

He returned to his alma mater in 1999, where he was a graduate

assistant for two seasons from 1999-2000 and worked with defensive

ends and special teams.

A 1995 graduate of Hawai’i, Seumalo played defensive line for the

Rainbow Warriors from 1985-88 and earned Second Team All-Western

Athletic Conference honors as a senior. He made three stops in the

Canadian Football League, including the Calgary Stampeders and

Ottawa Roughriders in 1989, and the Edmonton Eskimos in 1994, and

played for NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire in 1995.

Seumalo and his wife, Karen, have four sons, Andrew, Isaac, Noah,

and Levi, and a daughter, Jessi. Andrew was a four-year letterwinner

at defensive tackle for OSU from 2009-12, and Isaac a three-year

letterwinner at offensive tackle for the Beavers from 2012-15.





Joe Seumalo was named ASU’s

defensive line coach in February

2016. During a nine-season stint

at Oregon State, Seumalo played a

pivotal role in helping the Beavers

produce some of the top defensive

linemen in the Pac-10/12.

“While Joe’s accomplishments and accolades over the years,

especially during his time in Corvallis, speak for themselves, it’s who

he is off the field that will truly benefit this program,” ASU head coach

Todd Graham said when he announced Seumalo’s appointment. “He’s a

gifted recruiter with deep ties across the West, and a proven developer of

young men who gets the most out of his players. Joe will be a great fit in

both this defense and this community.”

Seumalo (pronounced “say-u-MAH-lo”) spent nine seasons (2006-

14) as the defensive line coach at Oregon State where his position group

from was one of the most dominant units in the nation. He most recently

served as the defensive line coach at UNLV during the 2015 season.

“There is a long list of reasons why I decided to become a Sun

Devil, but some of the aspects that really stood out to me were Coach

Graham’s defensive philosophy, the diverse and talented staff he has

established, and a school and community that truly love their football

program,” Seumalo said. “I’m looking forward to getting to work.”

In nine seasons with the Beavers Seumalo helped produce 17 Pac-

10/12 All-Conference recipients, including five first-team honorees, five

National Football League draft picks, three All-Americans, two freshman

All-Americans, and six conference all-academic first-team selections.

At least one defensive lineman earned all-conference honors in each of

Seumalo’s seasons in Corvallis, including all four starters in 2007.

Seumalo, who was ranked by

as one of the top recruiters

in the Pac-12 in 2013, mentored some of the most imposing defensive

lineman in conference history, including Stephen Paea, a second-round

draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 2011, and Scott Crichton a third-round

selection by the Minnesota Vikings in 2014.

Paea, who played for the Beavers from 2008-10, was a two-time

Morris Trophy winner, a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Defensive

Player of the Year in 2010, and two-time First-Team All-Pac-10 honoree.

Crichton, a three-time all-conference defensive lineman from 2011-13,

was a freshman All-American in 2011 as he set a school record with

six forced fumbles and went on to earn honorable mention All-America

recognition in consecutive seasons from 2012-13.