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Hawaii defensive intern Lance Samuseva promoted to DL coach

Hawaii defensive intern Lance Samuseva has been promoted to defensive line coach, according to a source.

Hawaii defensive intern Lance Samuseva has been promoted to defensive line coach, according to a source.

Samuseva, 34, has worked with the Rainbow Warriors’ defensive line the past three seasons while serving as a defensive intern. He replaces Lewis Powell, who left earlier this month to become Utah’s tight ends coach.

The promotion completes fourth-year coach Norm Chow’s coaching staff.

Samuseva played for the Indoor Football League’s Rock River Raptors in 2005 after a year with the Bergamo Lions in Italy in 2004. A defensive tackle for Hawaii from 2000-03, he was named the program’s Most Inspirational Player his junior and senior seasons, becoming the first player to achieve the feat. 

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He is a 1999 graduate of Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School in Honolulu. He joins new defensive coordinator Tom Mason, who formerly held the same job at Southern Methodist and was the Mustangs’ interim coach for 10 games this past season.

Hawaii had a 4-9 record last season that included two wins in its final three games. The Rainbow Warriors return 13 starters next season, plus former USC quarterback Max Wittek, who redshirted this past season.