By Braden Clark
Former and current Utah State University students are taking to Twitter and Facebook to voice their support for the hiring of a fellow Aggie to fill the slot left vacant when running backs coach Dave Ungerer signed on with Fresno State this week.
With the hashtag #HireCoachFiefia, the supporters are hoping to catch the attention of Utah State head coach Matt Wells.
“He would make a great choice as our new running back coach,” said Thomas Rogers, the Utah State University student athletics and campus recreation vice president. “It’s cool that students are out there saying, ‘Hey! Check out Dave Fiefia. He’s local, a grad assistant and a running back at Utah State.’ He knows the program really well.”
Fiefia played both wide receiver and running back for the Aggies from 2000 to 2002. Right now, the West Valley City native is the running backs and tight ends assistant at Idaho State University.
“The campaign was actually started by some fans, ex-players and donors,” said Doug Fiefia, who posted about the possibility of bringing his brother back to Utah State on Facebook. “People knew him as a player from 1999 to 2004 and then saw what he did with running backs and tight ends the past three years at Idaho State. Also, I think the fact that he played at USU and wants to be there is a plus.”
“I thought it was a good idea, so I posted about it on Facebook and it went crazy,” Doug Fiefia said.
Doug Hoffman, the associate athletics director of media relations for Utah State University, said the athletics department hasn’t received any news about Wells reaching out to David Fiefia.
Hoffman said he had “no idea what the timeline is for Coach Wells.”
“I fully trust Coach Wells that he will do what is best for the USU football program, if that is Dave or if it is someone else,” Rogers said.
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