Assistant Coach/Outside Linebackers
First Year • Iowa State '12
Recruiting Area: West Bay Area Peninsula / Oakland / Napa / Santa Rosa
Matt Ta’ufo’ou, a linebacker at Iowa State for three seasons who has worked in the private sector as a bank operations manager for five years, returned to the sideline in April 2018, coaching the outside linebackers at Cal Poly.
Ta’ufo’ou earned 81 tackles as a freshman at College of San Mateo before taking his talents to Iowa State. He played in two games in 2009, was limited by injury to five games with two starts in 2010, notching 20 tackles, and played in 12 games with six starts as a senior in 2011, finishing with 72 tackles, four for loss.
Ta’ufo’ou posted a career-high 10 tackles against both Rutgers and Texas A&M and recorded eight stops in victories over Iowa and Kansas. He played in the Pinstripe Bowl in 2011 at Yankee Stadium as the Cyclones lost to Rutgers 27-13.
Ta’ufo’ou’s older brother Will was a running back at Cal 2005-08 and played three seasons (2012-14) with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in communications studies at Iowa State in 2012, Ta’ufo’ou worked at Finxera in San Mateo as a sales representative, customer support manager and bank operations manager for five years.
At College of San Mateo, Ta’ufo’ou earned Junior College All-American honors as well as first-team all-conference accolades. He was coached by Larry Owens.
Ta’ufo’ou, 29, is a graduate of St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif., where he was named 2006 West Catholic Athletic League Linebacker of the Year and was a first-team all-conference selection as a senior in 2007. He was a running back and linebacker.
“Matt comes from four years as the linebacker coach at a very successful community college program, working under community college Hall of Famer Larry Owens at College of San Mateo,” Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh said. “He played at Iowa State, wants to be a Division I coach and this is the right step for him and our program.
“He has great ties in Northern California, which will help in recruiting, and I am excited to see his energy on the field,” Walsh added. “I look forward to his presence in our program."