It’s no secret that college football fans across the nation either absolutely love or cannot stand ASU’s hiring of Herm Edwards. Media outlets have had a field day poking fun at Edwards, but a majority of Sun Devil fans are optimistic with what he brings to the table.
Shortly after being hired, Edwards was able to put together a stellar coaching staff in a short amount of time. He didn’t stop there, though, as he is continuing to try to elevate the program to the next level. In the quest to break status-quo and implement an NFL-style approach, Edwards has hired two more personnel to his staff to help raise the bar. Those people are Dan Cozzetto and Kevin Mawae.
Cozzetto has 39 years of coaching under his belt and has had two previous successful spans as a coach at Arizona State. His first go-around as a coach for the Sun Devils was from 1992-99, when he was the team’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. During his time at ASU, the Sun Devils won a PAC-10 championship and made it to the 1996 Rose Bowl. He returned to Arizona State as a tight ends coach from 2007-2008, where he helped coach the team to a shared PAC-10 title in 2007.
For his third run with the Sun Devils, he will be coming back as a staff consultant. He is being hired with the mentality of being used for quality control, and he will not specifically be focusing on offensive or defensive positions. Some of Cozzetto’s duties will include attending all staff meetings and helping with recruiting by evaluating the talent and needs of the program.
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The other addition to the coaching staff is Kevin Mawae, who was a former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman. Mawae previously played under Edwards for five seasons in the NFL, nearly a third of this NFL career.
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Mawae will be joining the team as an offensive analyst. After playing at LSU, Mawae went on to play for the Seahawks (1994-97), the New York Jets (1998-2005), and the Titans (2006-09). Following his career as a player, he was the NFL Players Association President from 2008-11 before becoming an offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears in 2016.
Edwards hasn’t held back when it comes to making changes and additions to his staff and team. Ray Anderson stated that they wanted to be among the best in the PAC-12, and Edwards is working every day to make that happen.