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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Aleki Pascua named Offensive Line Coach at Portland State

Portland State Football Head Coach Jerry Glanville has named Aleki Pascua as his new offensive line coach, and shifted some coaching responsibilities among his current staff.

Eighth-year assistant coach Jim Craft will move to be co-offensive line coach along with the newly-hired Pascua. Craft had been a wide receivers coach this past year, along with Kevin Strausser. Strausser will be the sole wide receivers coach in 2008.

“We interviewed six people and were very fortunate that all six were very good offensive line coaches. Nobody we interviewed could not have done the job,” said Glanville. “But, Aleki has real good knowledge on protection schemes. And, I think Jim will help us at the position with his tenacity and enthusiasm.

“I was looking for someone to do a great job teaching our individual techniques in the first 20-minute period of practice. I think both Jim and Aleki will be better than ever in that area. With the addition of all the freshman linemen we are bringing in this will be important.”

Pascua has been added to the Viking staff to replace former offensive line coach Brian Smith, who moved on to the University of Hawai’i last month to take a similar position.

Craft, who has coached tight ends, quarterbacks and wide receivers during his tenure at Portland State, is also the Vikings’ recruiting coordinator.

Pascua joins Portland State from Western Oregon University, where he had been offensive line coach for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he coached one year at Western Washington, and had spent three years as a graduate assistant at Oregon. Pascua also has experience as a high school coach at Willamette and Churchill in Eugene.

A 1999 graduate of Linfield College, with a degree in physical education, Pascua was a member of the Wildcat football team. He also served as an assistant coach for one season following his playing days. Pascua is a native of Honolulu, HI where attended St. Louis High School.

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