(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Carnegie Mellon University football head coach Ryan Larsen has announced the hiring of Paul Amakihe to the Tartans coaching staff. Amakihe joins Coach Larsen's staff as a full-time assistant coach who will be working primarily with the outside linebackers.
"We are unbelievably excited to add Paul to our staff. He has a unique background both as an undergraduate at William & Mary, as well as a coach at three different Division III institutions. In a pool of experienced and talented coaches, he rose to the top and we are thrilled to have him join our program," said Larsen. "I would also like to thank our alumni and administration for making this happen. Coming off the 2021 PAC Championship, Paul's hiring is a testament to the dedication we are showing to our student-athletes as we were able to create a brand-new full-time position. It's a great day to be a Tartan!"
Amakihe comes to Carnegie Mellon from Wilkes University where he was the defensive run game coordinator and linebackers coach. In his one-year stint for the Colonels, Amakihe coached two All-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) linebackers.
Prior to Wilkes, he was at McDaniel College from 2018-21 where he coached the linebackers while assisting as the strength and conditioning and film and technology coordinator. Amakihe also spent a year on staff at SUNY Cortland where he coached the tight ends.
Amakihe is a 2016 graduate of William and Mary University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. While at William and Mary, he played two seasons for the Tribe as a linebacker and defensive end. The Manalapan, New Jersey, native then earned his master's degree from McDaniel in 2020 in kinesiology.