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Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line • Fifth Year
Portland State '02
Recruiting Area: Inland Empire/North Orange County
Saga Tuitele, assistant offensive line coach at the United States Military Academy in 2007 and 2008, was named Cal Poly's co-offensive coordinator in charge of the offensive line in January 2009. The "co" from his title was removed following the departure of Bryan Cook in early 2013.
Under Tuitele’s guidance with the front line, the Mustangs finished fourth in rushing offense in 2010 and both the time of possession and sacks allowed were 16th in the country. The 2011 squad was sixth in rushing offense while the 2012 team finished third in the nation in rushing offense and No. 7 in scoring offense.
Tuitele served four seasons under Walsh at Portland State, coaching the defensive tackles, before following Walsh to Army prior to the 2007 campaign to coach the offensive line. He was instrumental in Portland State’s defensive dominance in the Big Sky Conference from 2004-2006. The Vikings led the conference in total defense (2004), rushing defense (2004) and scoring defense (2004, 2006).
In 2006, Portland State had a dominating duo in CJ Niusulu (first-team All-Big Sky Conference) and Mat-this Gehring (second-team all-Big Sky). In 2004, Tuitele coached two of the top defensive linemen in the Big Sky Conference in Chris Berg and Chuck Jones, both named first-team All-Big Sky Conference.
Tuitele was the recruiting coordinator at Portland State in 2005 and 2006.
Although he twice earned All-Big Sky Conference honors and was an honorable mention All-American in his senior year as an offensive guard, Tuitele began his career at Portland State as a defensive tackle. He played two seasons on the defensive side of the ball, competing as a true freshman in 1997.
Then the San Bernardino, Calif., native moved to the offensive line in 1999 and experienced instant success as one of the top linemen in the league. He blocked for Viking great Charles Dunn, who rushed for over 3,000 yards, and quarterback Jimmy Blanchard, who threw for almost 6,000 yards and 46 touchdowns during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Tuitele, 33, earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Portland State in 2002. An all-CIF-Southern Section and all-state defensive lineman at Pacific High School in San Bernardino in the mid-1990s, Tuitele and his wife, Rachel, have three children, To’omalatai (6), Tifaimoana (3) and Saga III (Born in March 2013).