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Friday, January 16, 2009

Eti Ena joins Idaho Vandals

MOSCOW, Idaho – Eti Ena has joined the University of Idaho football staff as the Vandals’ defensive line coach, Robb Akey announced Friday.

Ena, a graduate of Eastern Washington University, comes to Idaho after three seasons at Eastern Oregon University. He was the Mountaineers’ assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator last season after serving as defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coordinator in 2006 and 2007.

“I’m very excited about the addition of Eti to our staff,” Akey said. “He’s a great teacher and a great communicator. His reputation among the young men he’s coached is outstanding.”

Prior to his stint at Eastern Oregon, Ena was the assistant defensive line coach at Eastern Washington (2004-05) and assistant linebackers coach (2003) for the Eagles. His coaching career began at Shelton (Wash.) where he was the junior varsity head coach and later the high school linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator.

“His experience at all levels of football is a tremendous bonus,” said Akey, noting Ena’s brother and father both are football coaches.

Ena said he welcomes the FBS coaching opportunity.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the University of Idaho coaching staff,” said Ena, who graduated from Inchelium (Wash.) High School. “This is a great opportunity to work with a great staff and great people.”

Ena played linebacker at Utah’s Snow College and Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College before transferring to Eastern Washington. A shoulder injury during his junior year ended his playing career.

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