Cal Poly football program hires pair of assistant coaches

Defensive line coach Ena, wide receivers coach Craft to join Mustangs

sports@thetribunenews.comJune 3, 2013 

Cal Poly’s football program announced Monday it had hired Eti Ena and Jim Craft as assistant coaches.

Ena will serve as the Mustangs’ defensive line coach, while Craft will coach wide receivers.

Ena replaces Jamar Cain, who accepted a coaching position at Wyoming. Craft takes over for Bryan Cook, who’s now at Georgia Tech.

Ena served as Idaho’s defensive line coach for four seasons, coaching three defensive linemen who eventually signed with NFL teams in Aaron Lavarias (New England Patriots), Michael Cosgrove (Detroit Lions) and Benson Mayowa (Seattle Seahawks).

A graduate of Eastern Washington, where he also coached for three seasons, Ena served as defensive coordinator at Eastern Oregon for three seasons from 2006 to 2008.

“Ena brings experience, not only as a defensive line coach at an FBS school (Idaho), but also as a former defensive coordinator,” Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh said in a statement. “His enthusiasm and overall knowledge will benefit our entire program, not just the defensive line.”

Craft spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.

His résumé includes a nine-year stint at Portland State, where he became a student of the run-and-shoot offense and also coached under Walsh.

Craft played at Portland State from 1995 to 1998, when Walsh was an assistant for the Vikings, catching 57 passes and scoring nine touchdowns.

“Craft played and coached for me, so I have known him for a long time,” Walsh said. “He coached for me for six years at Portland State, and I believe bringing that experience was critical to our development as a staff. His input will be invaluable.”

Prior to coming to Portland State, Craft was a tight ends coach at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore.

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