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Michigan football hires Arizona State's Shaun Nua as defensive line coach

Harbaugh continues trend of hiring younger coaches to staff

Shaun Nua on a recruiting trip (Shaun Nua Twitter: @CoachNua)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jim Harbaugh has hired Arizona State defensive line coach Shaun Nua to the same position at Michigan, the school announced Thursday.

Nua is the third coaching hire for the Wolverines in the last two weeks. Josh Gattis was hired as offensive coordinator, and Anthony Campanile was hired to join the defensive staff.

"Shaun is a rising star in the coaching profession," Harbaugh said. "He is well-respected among his peers, relates well with the student-athletes that he mentors and brings great passion and energy to his work. We are excited to have Shaun join our defensive coaching staff and work daily with our defensive linemen. Michigan football looks forward to having Shaun, Hilary and their children, Losi, Kelina and Malia, join our University family."

READ: Why Michigan fans are so excited about hiring of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis

Nua continues the trend of Harbaugh hiring younger coaches to join his staff. Gattis is 35 years old, Campanile is 36 years old and Nua is 37 years old.

The defensive line position opened at Michigan when longtime assistant Greg Mattison left to join Ryan Day's staff at Ohio State. Linebackers coach Al Washington followed suit in leaving for Columbus.

Nua coached for one season at Arizona State under first-year head coach Herm Edwards. Previously, he was at Navy for six years, also as a defensive line coach.

He played on the defensive line at BYU and got his coaching start there as an intern and a graduate assistant before leaving in 2012 for Navy.

Nua played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2005-2007. He also spent time with the Buffalo Bills.

Nua was ranked No. 458 in last year's 247 recruiter rankings.

The move was first reported by Sam Webb, of The Michigan Insider.


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