Andersen announces Utah State football coaching hires

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen announced two coaching hires on Monday, naming former Aggie player Frank Maile as USU’s defensive line coach while tabbing Kendrick Shaver as the Aggies’ cornerbacks coach.”Both of these coaches are exciting, energetic young coaches who put the players first, which is one of the main beliefs of our coaching staff,” Andersen said. “I am thrilled to have two coaches with such passion for the players, for coaching and for football, coaching for the Aggies.”Maile replaces Chad Kauha’aha’a while Shaver replaces Corey Raymond. Shaver comes to USU after four seasons at Northern Colorado.”It is a privilege and an honor for Coach Andersen to hire me on his staff. I’m anxious to help this program continue its progress,” Shaver said. “I’m ecstatic to be here, and to see the wonderful campus and Logan community as well as the top-notch facilities here at Utah State.”Maile was promoted from a defensive graduate assistant last season, and has been on the Aggie coaching staff the last three seasons after serving the role of strength and conditioning graduate assistant coach in 2008 and 2009, after concluding a four-year playing career for Utah State.”Frank has been here on our staff and has worked very hard to work his way up the ranks and become a coach. He’s done everything we’ve ever asked of him and more,” Andersen said. Andersen singled out Maile’s background as a Utah State alum as a big positive to the program. “Being a graduate of Utah State is a huge benefit to our staff. Anytime you have the opportunity to hire somebody that has been here, understands our program and how we want things done as well as understanding what this University and community has to offer, I’m always going to have a stronger interest. In this case, Frank was a very natural fit and he will be great with the Polynesian players in our program and be a tremendous defensive line coach,” Andersen said. Maile is equally excited to be on Andersen’s staff.”It is a privilege and a blessing for me to be the defensive line coach at my alma mater,” Maile said. “It’s a big responsibility but means a great deal to me, and I’m honored to be the Utah State defensive line coach as my first coaching job. I take great pride in that title.”As a former player, Maile will use that to his advantage as well as motivation to make him a better coach. “I hope to bring a lot of passion to a position, a program and a University that I have a lot of pride for,” Maile said. “I feel that because I’m still young, I can bring a great deal of passion and enthusiasm to the table.”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. Maile was also team captain in 2007.Maile earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Utah State in 2007 and earned his master’s in education in May, 2010.A native of Sandy, Utah, Maile was a first-team all-state defensive lineman at Alta HS. He went on an LDS Church Mission to the Dominican Republic from 2001-03. Maile, and his wife, Heather, have three children: Maximus (6), Cecilia (4) and Samson (2) and are expecting another child in April. Shaver was the secondary coach at UNC for four years, coaching two all-Big Sky Conference players, as cornerback Korey Askew earned first-team all-BSC honors in 2010 after being a second-team selection in 2009. Safety Max Hewitt was a three-time honorable mention all-BSC honoree in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Both Askew and Hewitt earned Phil Steele’s Preseason all-Big Sky accolades with Askew named to the first-team and Hewitt collected second-team honors.”We took a little longer hiring our cornerbacks coach, getting through recruiting and signing day. We wanted to make sure that we found the right coach that we wanted for the position, someone who is a talented, passionate coach who has recruiting experience and we feel we have found a great fit with Kendrick,” Andersen said. “He came very, very highly recommended and the interview process was easy, as we quickly could tell that he was a great fit for the USU program and Utah State University.”In 2010, Askew tallied 58 tackles to rank fourth on the team. He also recorded two tackles for loss, three interceptions for 18 yards and a touchdown, two fumble recoveries for 28 yards and one touchdown, one pass break up and one quarterback hurry. Hewitt was third on UNC with 65 tackles, including seven tackles for loss along with 1.5 sacks, while also notching five pass break-ups, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.In 2009, Askew led all players in the Big Sky with 12 passes defended and his 112 interception return yards and 41 fumble recovery yards were also both the best marks in the league. Hewitt tied for third on the team with 74 total tackles in 2009 and he and Askew shared the team lead with three interceptions apiece. Prior to Northern Colorado, Shaver was the secondary coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in 2006, where he was also the recruiting coordinator and monitored the academics of the football student-athletes. Before Northeastern, Shaver spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University from 2004-05, where he worked with the defensive backs and assisted with the special teams.In 2002, Shaver was the defensive backs and receivers coach at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Mo.A native of Eufaula, Okla., Shaver played two seasons (1998-99) at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College before transferring to Missouri State, where he was a free safety and cornerback in 2000 and 2001. With 11 pass break-ups in 2001, Shaver is presently tied for No. 6 on MSU’s single-season pass defense list. Shaver spent the 2003 season playing for the Sioux Falls Storm of the NIFL before committing to coaching full-time.Shaver graduated from Missouri State with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2002 and went on to earn his master’s degree in physical education in 2005 from Eastern Kentucky.Andersen also announced that a pair of former University of Utah players Robert Conley and Kepa Gaison (pronounced Keppa Guy-son) have been added to the staff as administrative assistants. Conley, a four-year starting offensive lineman, will be the offensive administrative assistant while Gaison, a three-year letterwinner and one-year starter, will be the defensive administrative assistant. “Having coached at Utah during both of their playing times there, I’m familiar with what Robert and Kepa bring to the table. Both Robert and Kepa were self-motivated and were very hard-workers as players, and they’re passionate about football and getting into the coaching profession,” Andersen said. “They will continue to develop as they learn more, but they have a tremendous foundation to start from and they are equally concerned with putting the players first.”Conley started 42 straight games at right guard for the Utes from 2005-08, and played in 50 career games. He was a three-time all-Mountain West Conference honoree, including earning first-team accolades as a senior. Conley was a third-team All-American in 2008 by Rivals.com.Gaison was a one-time walk-on punter before becoming a starting and scholarship linebacker, posting 86 tackles in 37 games during his four-year career (2006-09). He was also a three-time academic all-MWC selection.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.-USU-

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