Nevada has promoted Vai Taua to running backs coach, the program announced Monday.

Taua had been on the Wolf Pack’s staff for the past two years, first as a special teams analyst and second as the assistant director of player personnel and recruiting. He replaces David White, who left to become the head coach at a Mississippi high school.

“We’re excited for Vai to move into this role on our coaching staff,” Norvell said. “This is a great opportunity for him, and it’s an opportunity that he has earned.”

Taua himself is a former Nevada running back. While running for the wolves from 2007-10, Taua was a three-time All-WAC honoree and finished in the top five in school history with 4,512 career rushing yards and 53 touchdowns.

With the move, Nevada is believed to be the only FBS school to possess a pair of brothers in a player-coach relationship. Toa Taua led the Wolf Pack as a freshman in 2018 with 872 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

“It’s always an honor for a former student-athlete to coach at their alma mater,” Vai Taua said. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a deep and talented group of running backs.”

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