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This is a 2023 photo of Timu John of the Los Angeles Chargers NFL football team. This image reflects the Los Angeles Chargers active roster as of Thursday, May 11, 2023 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Will Tukuafu

Assistant Defensive Line


Will Tukuafu joins the Chargers as assistant defensive line coach after coaching the last three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, most recently as defensive assistant/defensive line. Prior to entering the coaching ranks in 2021, Tukuafu played seven NFL seasons, starting his career with the San Francisco 49ers (2010-13) under Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. Tukuafu helped the 49ers reach three-straight NFC Championship Games from 2011-13, before playing the final three years of his career in the Pacific Northwest with the Seahawks (2014-16), aiding Seattle's run in 2014 that culminated in an appearance in Super Bowl XLIX.

After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon, where he played defensive line for the Ducks, Tukuafu saw action in 50 career games (four starts), along with 10 postseason appearances, at fullback, defensive line and on special teams. The Salt Lake City, Utah, native began his coaching tenure with the Seahawks in 2021 as a coaching assistant, primarily working with the special teams units. After one season as a coaching assistant, Tukuafu transitioned to quality control/defense in 2022, before his latest role as defensive assistant/defensive line this past season.