Joe Seumalo
Joe  Seumalo

Defensive Line Coach

Seasons at SJSU:

Alma Mater:
Hawaii, 1995


Joe Seumalo & Cameron Radford Join Football Staff

In Joe Seumalo's one season with the Spartans, scoring defense went down 10.1 points per game.

Joe Seumalo returns to San Jose State University for his second stint as the team's defensive line coach. He was in the same role for the 2005 season.

Seumalo has 18 seasons of NCAA Division I experience coaching defensive linemen. Ten of his players went on to play professional football. Chris Gocong, who played for Seumalo at Cal Poly, finished second in the 2004 Buck Buchanan Award voting for the top defensive player in the NCAA Division I-AA classification, now know as the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Stephen Paea, currently with the Dallas Cowboys, was the 2010 Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year as one of Seumalo's defensive linemen at Oregon State that season.

The 1989 Hawaii graduate began his coaching career in 1994 at Kaiser High School in Honolulu. During his five seasons as a Kaiser High assistant coach, he served as a guest coach for the British Columbia Lions in 1996. His first professional coaching position was as an assistant with the Hawaii Hammerheads of the Indoor Football League in 1999.

Seumalo moved to the college ranks in 1999 as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii. In his two seasons, he coached the defensive ends and assisted with the special teams.

His first full-time coaching position was at Cal Poly starting in 2001. After spending the 2005 season with the Spartans, Seumalo moved to Oregon State for the next nine seasons. He was at UNLV in 2015 and Arizona State in 2016.

A defensive lineman at the University of Hawaii from 1985 through 1988, Seumalo was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference his senior season. He went on to play in the Canadian Football League for Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Roughriders in 1989 and the Edmonton Eskimos in 1994. Seumalo concluded his pro playing career with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 1995.

He and his wife, Karen, have four sons, Andrew, Isaac, Noah, and Levi; a daughter, Jessi. Andrew is a graduate assistant on the University of Nebraska football staff in 2017. Isaac is in his second NFL season as an offensive guard with the Philadelphia Eagles. Jessi was a middle blocker for the 2015 and 2016 Oregon State women's volleyball teams. Noah is a freshman at Oregon State.

Joe Seumalo facts
Born: August 23, 1966 in Honolulu, Hawaii
2016 Arizona State University defensive line coach
2015 UNLV defensive line coach
2006-14 Oregon State University defensive line coach
2005 San Jose State University defensive line coach
2001-04 Cal Poly University defensive line coach
1999-2000 University of Hawaii graduate assistant
1999 Hawaii Hammerheads (Indoor Football League) assistant coach
1994-98 Kaiser High School (Honolulu, Hawaii) assistant coach
2013 Hawaii Bowl
2012 Alamo Bowl
2009 Las Vegas Bowl
2008 Sun Bowl
2007 Emerald Bowl
2006 Sun Bowl
Obum Gwacham, DL, New Orleans Saints, 3rd NFL season
Stephen Paea, DL, Dallas Cowboys, 7th NFL season
Victor Butler, DL, Toronto Argonauts (CFL), eighth pro season
Scott Crichton, DL, played two NFL seasons
Chris Gocong, DL, played five NFL seasons
Gabe Miller, LB, played five NFL seasons
Slade Morris, DL, played four NFL seasons
Dorian Smith, DL, played four CFL seasons
Jeff Van Orsow, DL, played one Arena League season
Dylan Wynn, DL, played one NFL season