Nu'u Tafisi
Director of Football Strength and Conditioning
Phone
(801) 422-1972
Office
SAB 109


Years at BYU

2016-present

Years Overall

2010-present

Coaching Experience

  • BYU, head football strength and conditioning coach (2016-present)
  • USC, strength and conditioning assistant coach (2015)
  • Utah, strength and conditioning assistant coach (2012-14)
  • Boise State, strength and conditioning graduate assistant (2011)
  • Cal, strength and conditioning intern (2010)

Education

  • B.A. California, Berkeley (2006)
  • Master's in kinesiology, Boise State (2013)

Playing Career

  • Played two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks after signing free agent deal
  • Started 24 of 25 games at Cal in 2005-06
  • Totaled 70 tackles and nine sacks during his two seasons at defensive end with the Bears
  • Played on the 2005 team that defeated BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl
  • Earned second team All-Pac 10 recognition both seasons
  • Awarded the Cal's Joe Roth Award for courage, attitude and sportsmanship as a senior
  • Played two years at Mt. San Antonio Junior College
  • Was a JC All-American in 2004 after totaling 16 sacks and 23 tackles for loss

Mission

Samoa (2000-02)

Personal/Family

  • Married and has two children

 

Nu'u Tafisi joined the BYU football staff on January 14, 2016.

Tafisi comes to BYU after spending time as a strength and conditioning assistant coach at USC in 2015 and as an assistant at Utah from 2012-14. He was a graduate assistant at Boise State in 2011 and interned with the University of California in 2010. 

An East High School alum, Tafisi attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, California. He was a JC All-American as a defensive lineman in 2004 after totaling 16 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. 

Tafisi went on to play two seasons at the University of California Berkeley where he was a two-time second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2005-06. He started 24 of 25 games as a defensive end for the Bears, totaling 70 tackles and nine sacks in his two seasons. Tafisi was awarded the team’s Joe Roth Award for courage, attitude and sportsmanship as a senior. 

Tafisi was a member of the 2005 Cal team that played BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl. He signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks and spent two seasons with the team.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal in 2006 and a master's degree in kinesiology from Boise State in 2013. He served a mission to Western and American Samoa from 2000-02. He and his wife have two children.

Coach Sitake on Tafisi
"Nu‘u gets the most out of his athletes and I know he will help our team be tough and prepared. I’m excited to have him leading our strength and conditioning program.”

Coach Tafisi on coaching at BYU
“It’s a dream come true to be here at BYU. I love working with these young players and being with them in the weight room to get them ready for game day.”

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