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Mike Leach Hires Joe Salave'a As Defensive Line Coach

Mike Leach continues to fill out his coaching staff, adding Joe Salave'a as defensive line coach.

Though Washington St. has not officially announced the hire, it looks like former Arizona assistant Joe Salave'a has taken a similar position with the Cougars, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Salave'a joins David Emerick as former Arizona staff members hired to join new Cougars head coach Mike Leach. Emerick was hired as Leach's chief of staff earlier this month.

Salave'a has a long history on the defensive side of the ball. He played defensive tackle for Arizona from 1994 to 1997 and then spent nine season in the NFL from 1998-2006. He was hired at Arizona after the 2010 season to coach defensive tackles after spending the 2008-2009 season coaching San Jose State's defensive line.

Among the other coaching hires by Leach are offensive line coach Clay McGuire, running backs coach Jim Mastro, linebackers coach Mike Smith and special teams coach Eric Russell.

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