Former Arizona offensive lineman Edwin Mulitalo, as far as we can tell, is the first ex-Wildcat player to become a head coach at the college level.
He is set to make his debut Saturday for Southern Virginia, a Division III school in Buena Vista, Va.
Mulitalo, who started at Arizona in 1997 and 1998 after transferring from junior college, was part of the Cats' great 12-1 team as a senior.
"Edwin, that brings nothing but smiles back to me, smiles," Syracuse coach Dino Babers, who was a first-year offensive coordinator at Arizona in 1998, said on the ACC coaches teleconference this week.
"Fantastic person, family man. Just a fantastic college player. ... He's a motivator, loves kids. Coaching is definitely the best profession for him. I would imagine he's going to have not only a fabulous career, but he's going to do outstanding things, as well."
After Arizona, Mulitalo went on to a 10-year NFL career, helping the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl after the 2000 season.
He was asked by the Roanoke Times this week about the qualities of those 1998 Arizona and 2000 Ravens teams.
"I think back about those teams, and it is ... the foundation that was built with those teams early on of accountability, of camaraderie, of trust," he said.
Mulitalo, who was the defensive coordinator at Southern Virginia for the past two seasons, told the Times he's happy at the Division III level.
"The main thing is the fit for where I'm at in my life right now," he said.
"I have four children. At other levels of football where I was, it requires time. And I felt like here, I can manage my time a little bit better."