Will Kofe, a former Arizona State defensive lineman and Pacific University assistant coach, joined the UC Davis football team as a defensive line coach for the 2012 season and is set to begin his thirdseason.
In the Aggies' first two seasons in the tough Big Sky Conference, Kofe has had two defensive lineman honored by the conference with postseason awards. Defensive end Nick King was an honorable mention selection in 2013 after picking up 62 tackles,including a team-high eight sacks and nine TFLs. Former defensive tackle Andrew Benjamin flourished during Kofe's leadershipin 2012, earning All-Big Sky honorable mention accolades. Benjamin finished with 4.5 sacks and 10.0 TFL's while defensive end Nick King had 6.5 sacks and 14.0 TFL's.
Most recently, Kofe was a defensive line coach at Pacific University (Ore.) during the 2010 season. He served under head coach Keith Buckley, a UC Davis transplant who was assistant head coach with the Aggies in 2007 and 2008 as part of a four-year stint. In the 2010 season, Kofe helped the start-up Boxers enter their first season of football in 19 years.
Prior to Pacific University, Kofe had a short stint as the defensive line coach at American River College. He also spent three years as the assistant defensive line coach on the Sacramento State staff. In his first year with the Hornets, Kofe assisted with the defensive line and helped lead Dallas Mauga and Blaine Jackson to all-Big Sky Conference honors.
A two-year starter with the Sun Devils, Kofe played in all 25 games during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, starting eight. He totaled 42 tackles (25 solo), seven tackles-for-loss and three sacks. As a senior, Kofe tallied 19 tackles and tied for fourth on the team with three sacks. He also recovered a fumble against Stanford and earned the start against No. 3 USC. Under head coach Dirk Koetter, Kofe was a two-time "Scholar-Baller Award" winner and was named the Sun Devils' Newcomer of the Year as a junior.
Before transferring to Arizona State, Kofe spent one year at Dixie State College. While there, he earned First Team All-Western States Conference accolades after recording 23.5 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Kofe began his career at Montana State University where he started and lettered as a true freshman. In all, Kofe lettered all four years in college and three years at the Division I level.
Kofe was a standout at prep powerhouse Long Beach Poly. As a senior, he started at both center and defensive end and was named First Team All-Moore League and all-CIF Div. I. He was also placed on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Dream Team and the Los Angeles Times Dream Team. During his four years, the Jackrabbits lost just once in four years and earned No. 1 national rankings from both USA Today and ESPN.
Kofe earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Arizona State in 2007 and a master's in educational leadership from Sacramento State. His uncle, Alfred Pupunu was a longtime tight end for the San Diego Chargers.