April 6, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Will Kofe, a former Arizona State defensive lineman and Pacific University assistant coach, will join the UC Davis football team as a defensive line coach for the 2012 season while Brian Bellotti and Mike Cody assume roles as defensive and offensive assistants, respectively, in staff changes announced by head coach Bob Biggs.
Most recently, Kofe was a defensive line coach at Pacific University 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.
Bellotti served as the video coordinator for the 2011 season and will add duties with the offensive coaching staff for 2012. The nephew of former Aggie great Mike Bellotti, he started his coaching career at Amador High School. Bellotti coached wide receivers and the defensive line for the 2009 and 2010 seasons while at Amador.
Bellotti graduated from UCLA in 2009 with a history major. He also attended Amador High School and is a Sutter Creek native.
Cody, the starting tight end for UC Davis in the 2011 season, begins his coaching career as an offensive assistant with his alma mater in 2012. Cody battled through injuries in 2011 to appear in 10 games and start five. He hauled in five catches for 44 yards and was used primarily in blocking packages. Cody transferred from Sierra College after earning All-Bay Valley Conference honors in 2009, while helping the Wolverines to back-to-back conference titles.
A Colfax native, Cody attended Colfax High School and helped the football team to a 22-3 combined record in his final two seasons, including a Sac-Joaquin Section finals appearance in 2006. He earned All-Pioneer Valley League honors in both football and baseball while at Colfax.