AKRON, Ohio -- The Browns have hired former University of Hawaii linebackers coach Tony Tuioti as an assistant defensive line coach, a source familiar with the situation confirmed for the Akron Beacon Journal on Tuesday. The source spoke on condition of anonymity, because the Browns have yet to announce the move.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser first reported the hire Monday night, citing multiple unnamed sources. CoachingSearch.com reported Tuesday that Tuioti will serve as an assistant defensive line coach for the Browns.
Tuioti had been with Hawaii since 2008. He spent two seasons as the program's director of player personnel, two as its defensive tackles coach and two as its linebackers coach. He coached high school football before working for Hawaii.
In December, Hawaii coach Norm Chow said Tuioti and defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer would not be retained for the 2014 season. Both were on one-year contracts, according to the Star-Advertiser.
Last week, FootballScoop.com reported defensive line coach Anthony Weaver would leave the Buffalo Bills to fill the same position for the Browns, who haven't announced that move, either. New Browns coach Mike Pettine served as the Bills' defensive coordinator last season.
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