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Frank Maile, a 2007 Utah State graduate, is in his second season as the Aggies’ co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Overall, Maile is in his seventh year on the Aggies’ staff, as he was a defensive graduate assistant from 2009-10, and its defensive line coach from 2011-13.
As Utah State’s co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach in 2016, USU allowed just 176.5 passing yards per game, which ranked third in the Mountain West and 10th nationally. USU also ranked fourth in the conference and 47th in the nation in total defense (379.8 ypg).
In 2016, Maile coached a pair of Aggies to all-conference honors in Travis Seefeldt (second team) and Ricky Ali’ifua (honorable mention), who signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Prior to his return to Utah State, Maile spent two seasons as the defensive line coach at Vanderbilt. In 2015, the Commodores’ defense ranked among the top-35 nationally in nine categories, including 28th in total defense (350.5 ypg), 22nd in scoring defense (21.0 ppg) and 33rd in rushing defense (143.2 ypg).
Vanderbilt’s defense also ranked fourth nationally in both first downs allowed (206) and fourth down conversions (.235), sixth in both third down conversions (.282) and red zone defense (its opponents scored just 71.4 percent of the time), 20th in fumbles recovered (11) and 28th in passing efficiency defense (114.47).
As Utah State’s defensive line coach from 2011-13, Maile coached five Aggies to all-conference honors in Levi Koskan (second team), Al Lapuaho (first team), B.J. Larsen (second team), Jordan Nielsen (second team) and AJ Pataiali’i (second team).
During his three years as defensive line coach, USU posted a 28-13 record and played in three-straight bowl games, winning the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, and a 2012 Western Athletic Conference title.
During the 2013 season, Maile helped the Aggie defense rank first in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation in scoring, allowing 17.1 points per game, the second-fewest allowed by the Aggies since 1971. USU also ranked first in the MW and eighth in the nation in rushing defense (106.7 ypg), its fewest allowed since 1968, first in the MW and 12th in the nation in total defense (330.9 ypg), and first in the MW and 15th in the nation in passing efficiency defense (113.2).
Utah State’s 2013 defense also ranked sixth in the nation in the red zone, allowing opponents to score 68.9 percent of the time, including just 19 touchdowns, to rank second nationally. Furthermore, USU’s defense ranked seventh in the nation in forcing three-and-outs with 5.6 per game, while its 7.6 tackles per loss per game ranked 10th nationally. USU’s defense also ranked 11th nationally in third-down conversions at 32.6 percent.
Utah State’s defense finished the 2013 season holding five of its final seven opponents to 14 or fewer points and did not give up more than 24 points in its last seven games. USU capped its season with a 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl as the Aggies held NIU’s high-powered offense in check and limited Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch to just 39 rushing yards.
Utah State was also the only team in the nation not to allow a touchdown run of 10 or more yards in 2013, and allowed just two 100-yard rushers, while limiting its opponents to just 13 points following 16 turnovers.
During the 2012 season, Maile helped Utah State’s defense rank among the top-15 in the nation in five categories, including being ranked first in the WAC and seventh in the nation in scoring defense (15.38 ppg), second in the WAC and sixth nationally in sacks (3.23 pg), first in the WAC and 10th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (104.43), second in the WAC and 13th in the country in rushing defense (113.77 ypg), first in the WAC and 15th in the nation in total defense (322.08 ypg), and first in the WAC and 32nd in the nation in passing defense (208.31 ypg).
Utah State’s defense also led the WAC and ranked second in the nation in red zone efficiency at 63.6 percent, allowing just 13 touchdowns and 15 field goals on 44 trips inside the 20. USU also ranked eighth in the nation forcing 5.08 three-and-outs per game in 2012.
In 2011, Maile helped Utah State lead the WAC in total defense (366.2 ypg) as well as ranking second in the league in both rushing defense (127.7 ypg) and tackles for loss (5.9 pg). The Aggies also were second in the WAC in opponent third-down conversions at 35.4 percent.
Maile was a standout defensive lineman for the Aggies from 2004-07, making 21 starts in 42 career games. He posted 71 total tackles (45 solo, 26 assists) with 19.0 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. In his senior season of 2007 as team captain, Maile accounted for 8.0 tackles for loss, tying for second on the team.
A native of West Valley City, Utah, Maile was a first-team all-state defensive lineman at Alta High School in Sandy, Utah. He went on an LDS Church Mission to the Dominican Republic from 2001-03.
Maile earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Utah State in 2007 and earned his master’s in education in 2010.
Maile and his wife, Heather, have three sons, Maximus (12), Samson (8) and Titan (6), and a daughter, Cecilia (10).
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