Former Weber State assistant coach Jason Kaufusi is returning to the Wildcats. New WSU head football coach Jay Hill has hired Kaufusi as a member of his coaching staff. Kaufusi will coach the defensive ends at Weber State and brings 10 yeas of coaching experience to the Wildcats.
Kaufusi spent two seasons (2010, 2011) as an assistant coach at Weber State under coach Ron McBride. During his time with the Wildcats he coached the defensive ends. Under his tutelage two players, Trevor Pletcher and Sam Fenn, earned Big Sky All-Conference honors at defensive end.
He returns to Weber State after spending the last two years at BYU. In 2012 he worked as a defensive graduate assistant coach with the Cougars and was a football academic advisor in 2013.
Kaufusi has also spent time as an administrative assistant at the University of Utah under head coach Kyle Whittingham, assisting with the cornerbacks. Hill was an assistant coach with the Utes at the time.
Kaufusi spent four seasons (2004-07) as an assistant coach at Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City working for coaches Tim Jones and Cecil Thomas. He coached the defensive line for the Colts and oversaw the academics and assisted with strength and conditioning for the team.
A native of Salt Lake City, Kaufusi attended East High School where as a senior in 1996 he was named the Utah 4A Player of the Year and led the Leopards to a 13-0 record and the Class 4A state title. He recorded 16 quarterback sacks and caught 17 passes for 327 yards as a tight end.
He signed to play at Utah in February 1997 but left to serve a two-year LDS Church mission to Panama before beginning his collegiate career. He joined the Utes in 2000 under head coach Ron McBride and was voted the Co-Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year. He also earned Honorable Mention all-conference honors with eight sacks and started in nine games. He went on to earn First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2001 and 2002. As a senior in 2003 he was a pre-season All-America candidate and was on the Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Outland Trophy watch lists but a shoulder injury prevented him from participating in 2003.
He was the fourth Kaufusi to play at the University of Utah following the steps of his brothers Doug, Henry and Jeff. Jason and his wife Tenille are the parents of two daughters, Taliana and Malia, and a son, Ammon.