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
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.
A S S I S T A N T C O A C H
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 byRivals.com
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.
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