Frank Maile is staying put and he couldn't be happier about it.

Utah State head football coach Matt Wells announced Saturday that he is retaining Maile, who will continue to coach the defensive line.

“I’m very happy and proud to announce that Frank will continue to remain a part of our Aggie football staff,” Wells said. “Frank has been an integral part of the turnaround of this program in the last couple of years."

Maile has spent the past five seasons on the USU coaching staff, including the past two years as the defensive line coach after being promoted from a defensive graduate assistant in 2011.

“It continues to be a privilege for me to remain at this great university,” Maile said. “I played here and I’m excited to continue to coach here. I feel honored and blessed that coach Wells, out of all the people he could have hired and brought here to be the defensive line coach, he felt highly enough to keep me on staff and allow me to do what I love doing, and that’s working with these young men, developing them in this program and being the defensive line coach for the Aggies.”

Maile helped lead No. 18 USU to its best season ever as the Aggies went 11-2, capped with a 41-15 victory over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 15 in Boise, Idaho.

On top of that, USU captured its first outright conference title since 1936.

"The play of his defensive linemen is a testament to his coaching ability and to his passion for this university," Wells said. "He’s an impact recruiter in the state of Utah and we’re happy to have he and Heather remain a part of the Aggie football family.”

Prior to being a graduate assistant, Maile spent two years (2008-09) as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant coach with the Aggies.

During the 2012 season, Maile helped USU's defense rank among the top 15 in the nation in five different statistical categories, including being ranked first in the Western Athletic Conference and eighth in the nation in scoring defense (15.38 ppg).

Maile coached three defensive linemen who earned all-WAC honors in senior Al Lapuaho, redshirt freshman Jordan Nielsen and junior Connor Williams.

Lapuaho became the first Aggie D-lineman to earn first-team all-conference honors since John Chick in 2005, while Nielsen was named to the second team and Williams earned honorable mention honors.

As a senior, Lapuaho led all USU defensive linemen and finished the year ranking 10th on the team with 35 tackles, to along with 4.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, four quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

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