Former Utah State DL coach Frank Maile joins Commodore staff

March 11, 2014

Frank Maile, who spent the last six seasons at Utah State, has been named Vanderbilt's defensive line coach, Commodore head coach Derek Mason announced Tuesday.

Maile, who attended Utah State and served as the Aggies' defensive line coach for the last three years, also participated Tuesday as the Commodores concluded their first spring practice on campus.

During the last three years, Utah State has enjoyed virtually unparalleled success. Like Vanderbilt, the Aggies just played in their third straight postseason game for the first time in school history and has a combined 28-13 over the three-year span.

In 2013, Maile's defensive line helped Utah State to a 9-5 overall record, capped by a 21-14 victory over No. 24 Northern Illinois and Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch in the Poinsettia Bowl. The USU unit held NIU's high-powered offense in check, and limited Lynch to just 39 rushing yards. Utah State's defense ranked seventh in the nation last year in scoring defense (17.1 pts.), eighth in rushing defense, 12th in total defense and 15th in pass defense efficiency.

In 2012, Maile helped Utah State's defense rank first in the Western Athletic Conference and seventh in the nation in scoring defense and sixth nationally in sacks. The unit also paced the WAC in total defense, passing defense and pass efficiency defense, and ranked second in the conference in rushing defense.

Utah State's 2012 defense also led the WAC and ranked second in the nation in red zone efficiency after allowing just 13 touchdowns and 15 field goals on 44 trips inside the 20-yard line.

In 2012, Maile coached three defensive linemen to All-WAC honors: senior Al Lapuaho, redshirt freshman Jordan Nielsen and junior Connor Williams. Lapuaho finished the season with 35 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Nielsen finished with 5.0 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. Williams finished the 2012 with a team-high six sacks.

During the 2011 season, Maile helped Utah State's defense end the year ranking first in the WAC in total defense, second in the conference in rushing defense and tackles for loss, and third in the league in pass efficiency defense and quarterback sacks.

In 2011, Maile coached senior defensive end Levi Koskan who earned second-team All-WAC honors after finishing the year with 27 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and a team-best 5.5 sacks, as well as six quarterback hurries. Overall, Koskan ranked eighth in the WAC in sacks and 12th in tackles for loss. Maile also coached Quinn Garner and Lapuaho that season, with both contributing 31 total totals.

Prior to joining the Aggies as a full-time position coach, Maile spent two years as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Utah State.

Maile was a standout defensive lineman for Utah State from 2004-07, enjoying 21 career games. He was a senior co-captain, finishing his career with 19 tackles for loss among 71 total stops. He also earned his bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies and his master's in education from Utah State.

A native of West Valley City, Utah, Maile was a first-team all-state defensive lineman at Alta (Utah) High School. He went on an LDS Church Mission to the Dominican Republic from 2001-03.

Maile, and his wife, Heather, have three sons, Maximus, Samson and Titan, and one daughter, Cecilia.



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