Report: Michigan hires Arizona State DL coach Shaun Nua
Michigan appears to have found a replacement for departed defensive line coach Greg Mattison.
Wednesday, Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press reported that Arizona State defensive line coach Shaun Nua plans to take on the same role on Jim Harbaugh’s staff in Ann Arbor. He spent just one season with the Sun Devils.
Can confirm Arizona State DL coach Shaun Nua plans to take accept the same job at Michigan.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 16, 2019
Nua has had just three stops in his coaching career, with Michigan being his fourth. He started as a graduate assistant at BYU, his alma mater, before becoming the defensive line coach at Navy, where he served in that position from 2012-2017. He then joined Herm Edwards at Arizona State.
Nua played at BYU from 2000-2004 and spent three seasons with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.
Michigan has had one of the top defensive lines in the country over the past two seasons, but will be losing a ton of talent. Defensive ends Chase Winovich and Rashan Gary are both departing after two huge seasons in Ann Arbor.
Nua will replace Mattison, who served as the defensive line coach for the Wolverines since Harbaugh’s arrival in 2015. He was also Michigan’s defensive coordinator from 2011-2014 on Brady Hoke’s staff.
Mattison left Michigan to join Ryan Day at Ohio State.
Contract details for Nua were not available.