The 2016 season was the third year for Kite Afeaki as an assistant coach at Weber State. Afeaki, a former WSU player, coaches the defensive tackles for the Wildcats.
In 2016, Afeaki helped lead Weber State to a 7-5 record, a third-place finish in the Big Sky Conference and WSU’s first trip to the FCS Playoffs in seven years. Weber State led the conference in passing defense in 2016. During the season the Wildcat defense led the Big Sky in passing defense. Afeaki also coached junior defensive tackle McKay Murphy to honorable mention All-Big Sky honors.
The Wildcats led the Big Sky in total defense in 2015 and finished the season 6-5 overall and 5-3 in Big Sky play, WSU’s first winning season in five years.
Afeaki came to Weber State after spending the 2013 season as the assistant director of football operations at the University of Wisconsin, working for coach Gary Andersen. At Wisconsin Afeaki assisted with the day-to-day operations of the football team, including team schedules and travel and practice preparations. He also assisted with the recruiting process.
In 2012, Afeaki was an administrative assistant at Utah State where he assisted the Aggie defensive coaches. Prior to joining Utah State’s staff he spent three years working for the state of Nevada.
Afeaki was a member of the Weber State football team in 2000 and 2001 under head coach Jerry Graybeal. He redshirted the 2000 season and saw action in nine games in 2001, recording 12 tackles and one forced fumble.
He then went on to play two seasons at the University of Utah in 2004 and 2005 playing for Urban Meyer and Kyle Whittingham. WSU head coach Jay Hill was also an assistant coach with the Utes. As a defensive lineman Afeaki played in 22 games with the Utes and made seven career starts.
Afeaki (pronounced: kee-tay ah-fee-ah-kee) was born April 19, 1982, on the island of Tonga and played high school football at West High in Salt Lake City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in criminology from the University of Utah in 2006.
He and his wife Uina have eight children, Finau, Henilieta, Seleti, Matamoana, Sela, Lataheanga, Levila and Leila.