Shaun Nua

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Shaun Nua
Shaun Nua XL media day.jpg
Nua on Super Bowl XL media day
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive line coach
Team Arizona State Sun Devils
Biographical details
Born (1981-05-22) May 22, 1981 (age 37)
Pago Pago, American Samoa
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Playing career
2000-2004 Brigham Young
2005-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position(s) Defensive Line
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2009* Brigham Young (Intern)
2010-2011 Brigham Young (Graduate assistant)
2012-2017 Navy (Defensive line coach)
2018–Present Arizona State (Defensive line coach)

Shaun Nua (born May 22, 1981) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Brigham Young University.

Nua earned a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills.

Early years[edit]

Shaun Nua attended Tafuna High School in Tafuna, American Samoa. As a senior, he won All-League honors as a defensive end.

College career[edit]

Nua attended Brigham Young University. Starting the 2002 and 2004 seasons, he red shirted in the 2003 season. Shaun Nua attended Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher, Arizona from 2000 to 2002. After graduating with a B.S. from BYU, Shaun earned his Masters of Science in the field of Recreation Management in 2013.

Coaching career[edit]

Following his stint in the NFL, Nua returned to his alma mater, BYU, as a defensive graduate assistant from 2009-2011. Nua helped the Cougars achieve the nation's 24th-best total defense in 2010 and the 13th-ranked defense in 2011. BYU won its bowl games both years while finishing the 2011 season ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll with a 10-3 record.

On January 26, 2012 Nua joined the football staff at Navy as an assistant coach with the defensive line. In 2012, the Midshipmen finished with an 8-5 record and an appearance in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, where they suffered a 62-28 loss to Arizona State.

On January 7, 2018 Nua joined the football staff at Arizona State as a Defensive Line Coach.


Nua is a native of Pago Pago, American Samoa. He transferred to BYU from Eastern Arizona Junior College, where he earned junior college All-America honors. He prepped at Tafuna High School in Tafuna, American Samoa where he was an all-league performer as a defensive end.

Nua is cousin to BYU Softball All-American and Hall of Famer, Ianeta Le'i and BYU Volleyball All-American and National Team member Futi Tavana.

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