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Two assistant football coaches have left the Utes

SALT LAKE CITY — Coaching departures have followed Utah’s first Pac-12 football championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Running backs coach Kiel McDonald opted to join Lincoln Riley’s new staff at USC, while defensive tackles coach Sione Po’uha has announced his retirement from coaching after three seasons.

former Utah running backs coach Kiel McDonald.
Former Utah defensive tackles coach Sione Po’uha.

Po’uha was a two-time, first-team all-conference honoree for the Utes, serving as a captain on the Fiesta Bowl championship team. The former East High star went on to play in the NFL for eight seasons with the New York Jets. He was a student assistant for Utah from 2015-16 before becoming the program’s director of player personnel. Po’uha spent a season with Navy before rejoining the Utes as a full-time coach.

“Sione has been an amazing teacher, mentor and coach, and we are grateful to him for everything he has given to this university,” said Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley. “I am personally grateful for the example he has been to me. He is a friend and a brother, and I wish him nothing but the best.”

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