Dec. 22, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Frank Maile, who helped Utah State to a No. 18 national ranking, a school-best 11-2 record, and to its first outright league championship since 1936 and its second bowl win in Aggie history in 2012, will remain on the USU football coach staff it was announced Saturday by head coach Matt Wells.
"I'm very happy and proud to announce that Frank will continue to remain a part of our Aggie football staff," Wells said. "Frank has been an integral part of the turnaround of this program in the last couple of years. The play of his defensive linemen is a testament to his coaching ability and to his passion for this university. He's an impact recruiter in the state of Utah and we're happy to have he and Heather remain a part of the Aggie football family."
Maile (My-leh) has spent the past five seasons on the Utah State coaching staff, including the past two years as the defensive line coach after being promoted from a defensive graduate assistant in 2011.
Prior to being a graduate assistant, Maile spent two years (2008-09) as strength and conditioning graduate assistant coach at Utah State.
"It continues to be a privilege for me to remain at this great university," said Maile. "I played here and I'm excited to continue to coach here. I feel honored and blessed that Coach Wells, out of all the people he could have hired and brought here to be the defensive line coach, he felt highly enough to keep me on staff and allow me to do what I love doing, and that's working with this young men, developing them in this program and being the defensive line coach for the Aggies."
During the 2012 season, Maile helped Utah State's defense rank among the top 15 in the nation in five different statistical categories, including being ranked first in the Western Athletic Conference and eighth in the nation in scoring defense (15.38 ppg). USU also ranked second in the WAC and eighth 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 12th 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 34th in the nation in passing defense (208.31 ypg).
Utah State's defense also led the WAC and ranked third 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, while blocking two field goals, intercepting six passes, recovering one fumble and turning the ball over on loss on downs seven times.
Utah State's defense also ranked seventh in the nation forcing 5.08 three-and-outs per game in 2012, while ranking 21st nationally in third down efficiency at 32.88 percent (73-222).
In 2012, Maile coached three defensive linemen who earned all-WAC honors in senior Al Lapuaho, redshirt freshman Jordan Nielsen and junior Connor Williams. Lapuaho became the first Aggie to earn first-team all-conference honors since John Chick in 2005, while Nielsen was named to the second-team and Williams earned honorable mention honors.
As a senior, Lapuaho led all USU defensive linemen and finished the year ranking 10th on the team with 35 tackles, to along with 4.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, four quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.
Along with earning second-team all-WAC honors in his first year of collegiate football, Nielsen was also one of 32 players, and one of just three defensive linemen from across the country, named to the College Football Performance Awards National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List. As a redshirt freshman, Nielsen finished the year ranking third on the team with 5.0 sacks and fifth overall with 6.5 tackles for loss, while finishing tied for 10th on the team in tackles at 35 along with Lapuaho. Nielsen, who also ranked ninth in the WAC in sacks (0.38 pg), also ranked first on the team with two blocked kicks during the year as he blocked an extra point at Wisconsin and a 43-yard field goal at Louisiana Tech.
Williams finished the 2012 season leading the team and ranking tied for eighth in the WAC with six sacks (0.46 spg). Williams also ranked fourth on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss and was 12th in overall tackles with 32, not to mention recording two quarterback hurries and forcing one fumble on the season.
During the 2011 season, Maile helped Utah State's defense end the year ranking first in the WAC and 50th in the nation in total defense (366.23 ypg), second in the WAC and 31st in the nation in rushing defense (127.70 ypg), second in the WAC and 53rd nationally in tackles for loss (5.92 pg), third in the WAC and 48th in the nation in pass efficiency defense (125.58), and third in the WAC and 59th in the nation in sacks (1.92 pg).
In 2011, Maile coached senior defensive end Levi Koskan who earned second-team all-WAC honors after finishing the year with 27 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and a team-best 5.5 sacks, not to mention six quarterback hurries. Overall, Koskan ranked eighth in the WAC in sacks and 12th in tackles for loss.
Maile also coached Quinn Garner and Lapuaho in 2011 and both tied for team highs amongst defensive lineman with 31 stops. Garner added 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks during the year, while Lapuaho had 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks.
In 2010, Maile worked with the Aggies' defensive line, including linemen Garner (43 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, two sacks) and Koskan (41 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks). Koskan was also a nominee for the Rudy Award and the Burlsworth Trophy, honoring a former walk-on. Koskan led the team in both tackles for loss and sacks, ranking 11th in the WAC in sacks and 17th in tackles for loss.
Maile was a standout defensive lineman for the Aggies from 2004-07, making 21 starts in playing 42 career games. He posted 71 total tackles (45 solo, 26 assists) with 19 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. In his senior season of 2007 as team captain, Maile accounted for eight 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 (Utah) High School. 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 (8), Samson (4) and Titan (1), and one daughter, Cecilia (6).
Frank Maile File Coaching History: 2011- Utah State -- Defensive Line 2009-10 Utah State -- Defensive Graduate Assistant
Bowl Games: Utah State - Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 2012; Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 2011
Conference Championships: Utah State - WAC, 2012
Playing Experience: 2004-07 Utah State -- Defensive Line
Education: 2007 Utah State -- Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.) 2010 Utah State -- Education (M.Ed.)
Birthdate: Jan. 21, 1982 in Kearns, Utah Family: Wife, Heather; Sons - Maximus (8), Samson (4), Titan (1); Daughter - Cecilia (6).
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