Garett Tujague enters his second season at Virginia on Bronco Mendenhall’s staff and is the offensive line coach.
In 2016 Tujague (TOO-jay) oversaw a line headed by Rimington Trophy watch list member Jackson Matteo and four-year starter Eric Smith. Tujague’s line helped make UVA running back Taquan Mizzell become the first player in ACC history with at least 1,500 career rushing and 1,500 career receiving yards. UVA quarterback Kurt Benkert set a couple passing marks in front of Tujague’s line, including a program record for passing yards in a game with 421 against Central Michigan, which was only the second time a UVA quarterback surpassed 400 passing yards in a game. Benkert also became the fastest quarterback in a season to reach 1,000 and 2,000 yards of passing, doing so in four and eight games, respectively.Tujague was Mendenhall's offensive line coach at BYU from 2013-15 after serving 15 years at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., from 1997-2012, the last six as head coach. Under his direction, the COC Cougars earned a 43-25 record and received five bowl invitations in his six seasons. Under Tujague’s guidance, BYU center Tejan Koroma earned freshman All-America honors in 2014 after helping BYU rank No. 14 in the nation in scoring.
While at College of the Canyons, Tujague coached and developed three conference players of the year, an all-state player of the year, eight all-state athletes and five JC All-Americans at COC. His teams earned three postseason wins and he was named the Southern California Football Association National Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 following a 12-1 season. He was also honored as the Western States Conference Co-Coach of the Year in 2007 after a 9-3 record.
Prior to his promotion to head coach in 2007, Tujague served nine years as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at COC under Chuck Lyon, helping build the program upon its reinstatement in 1998 after 17 years without football. Before College of the Canyons, he coached at Chabot College from 1993-95 and the University of Redlands from 1996-97. While at Redlands, the Bulldogs won two Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
As a player, Tujague was a left guard at BYU under LaVell Edwards from 1989-1991 after two years at Chabot College, where he earned All-America honors as an offensive lineman. After redshirting at BYU in 1989, he contributed to the Cougars’ second-straight 10-3 season and top-25 final ranking in 1990. Statistically, the offense ranked No. 2 in the nation at 565.8 yards per game while also rating No. 2 in scoring, putting up 42.5 points per contest.
As a senior in 1991, Tujague earned starting duties protecting Heisman Trophy winner and consensus All-American quarterback Ty Detmer. The Cougar offensive front helped BYU rank No. 5 in total offense at 479.5 yards per outing and No. 11 nationally in scoring at 35 points per game. The Cougars won the conference championship all three seasons Tujague was in Provo.
Tujague received a bachelor's degree in recreation management from BYU in 1992 and a master's degree in educational counseling from the University of Redlands in 1997. A native of Pleasanton, Calif., Tujague and his wife, Cami, are the parents of three children.
|Coach Tujague (TOO-jay)
|High School||Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton, Calif., 1987|
|Graduate School||University of Redlands, 1997, M.A. educational counseling|
|Family||wife, Cami; three children|
|Chabot College (1987-88)|
|1993-95 - Chabot College
|1996-97 - University of Redlands
|1998-2006 - College of the Canyons
|2007-12 - College of the Canyons
|2013-15 - BYU
|2016-present - Virginia
|Holiday Bowl (1989) - player|
|Holiday Bowl (1990) - player|
|Holiday Bowl (1991) – player|
|Graffiti Bowl (1995)|
|McDonald’s Community College Bowl (1998)|
|Southern California Bowl (1999)|
|Western State Conference Bowl (2000)|
|Western State Conference Bowl (2001)|
|Southern California Bowl (2002)|
|Western State Conference Bowl (2003)|
|Western State Conference Bowl (2004)|
|Western State Conference Bowl (2005)|
|Western State Conference Bowl (2007)|
|Western State Conference Bowl (2008)|
|Golden Empire Bowl (2010)|
|Southern California Bowl (2012)|
|Fight Hunger Bowl (2013)|
|Miami Beach Bowl (2014)|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2015)|
|Former Prominent Players Coached
|Tejan Koroma (BYU)|
|De'Ondre Wesley (BYU)|
|Karim Barton (College of the Canyons)|
|Caylin Hauptmann (College of the Canyons)|
|Mychal Rivera (College of the Canyons)|
|Jason Pierre-Paul (College of the Canyons)|
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