Joe Seumalo, who has 16 seasons of NCAA Division I experience coaching defensive linemen, and Cameron Radford, who has nine seasons working in Oregon State University's football video operations, are joining the San Jose State University football staff. Brent Brennan, the Spartans' first-year head coach made the announcement.
Seumalo is returning for his second stint as San Jose State's defensive line coach. Radford is joining the Spartans in the newly created position of director of football digital communications.
Seumalo was the Spartans' defensive line coach in 2005, the same season Brennan was the team's wide receivers coach. In his one season during his first San Jose State tenure, the defense increased its sack count from 22 to 27 and decreased the opponents' rushing yards per carry average from 5.1 to 3.5 and scoring by 10.1 points per game.
The Spartans' new defensive line coach was at Arizona State in 2016, UNLV in 2015 and spent nine seasons at Oregon State (2006-14) after leaving San Jose State. The 1989 University of Hawaii graduate began his coaching career in 1994 at Honolulu's Kaiser High School as an assistant coach. He was an assistant coach for the Hawaii Hammerheads Indoor Football League team in 1999.
"One thing I know about Joe is his players love him. His players will play their butts off for him. That's what you need in the defensive front. You need guys to be relentless and to play hard, care about each other, care about the people they are playing for and I know we'll get that with Joe," says Brennan, who worked with Seumalo at the University of Hawaii, Cal Poly, San Jose State and Oregon State.
"He spent 10 of the last 11 years in the Pac-12. He's coached at a high level, year in and year out. He's coached multiple NFL players. I know he is a great coach on the field and a great man off the field."
Seumalo's first college coaching position was as a University of Hawaii graduate assistant during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He coached four seasons (2001-04) at Cal Poly as the defensive line coach and worked with a defensive unit that averaged 39 quarterback sacks a season.
His star players include Chris Gocong, the 2004 runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award for the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS); Stephen Paea, who finished his sixth NFL season with the Cleveland Browns; Obum Gwacham of the New Orleans Saints; Gabe Miller, who played five NFL seasons; Victor Butler, who played seven NFL seasons and is on the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts 2017 roster; Slade Norris, who played four NFL seasons; and Scott Crichton, who played two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.
His oldest son, Andrew Seumalo, is a graduate manager on the University of Nebraska football staff. Isaac Seumalo, his middle son, was a 2016 rookie offensive lineman with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Radford was Oregon State's Director of Football Video & Technology the last six seasons. The 2010 Oregon State graduate began his career in football video production as a student assistant in 2008. In addition to his position as director of football video and technology, he was the football team's assistant video coordinator.
"I had a great experience with Cam at Oregon State. What I was looking for (in this new position) was somebody creative and could help us get the message out about what we're doing here at San Jose State in terms of our impact in social media," said Brennan. "One of the first things I realized when I got here (in December 2016) was we had very little content on the internet talking about our program.
"The stuff that Cam did for us as a program at Oregon State, and for me personally as a position coach, was really impactful in the recruiting process. It was impactful in terms of getting our message out and it created a lot of enthusiasm and excitement for our fans which is what I want to do here at San Jose State."