Update — Vic So’oto has accepted the USC DL coaching position, giving the Trojans yet another recruiter with strong southern California roots (Oceanside; second cousin of Trojan great Junior Seau).
VirginiaSports.com — Vic So’oto finished his third season as a full-time assistant coach on Bronco Mendenhall’s UVA staff in 2019. He was elevated to the position of assistant coach for the Cavaliers’ defensive line after originally joining the Virginia football program in 2016 as a graduate assistant coach.
So’oto’s defensive line were a key component to helping UVA finish 2019 tied for No. 6 in the nation with 46 sacks. The 46 sacks set a single-season UVA team record. The Cavaliers also finished 2019 No. 22 in the nation with 7.1 tackles for loss per game. Eli Hanback led So’oto’s group with 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, while Aaron Faumui recorded 8.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, helping UVA win the ACC Coastal Division and make appearance in the program’s first Orange Bowl.
In 2018, So’oto’s defensive line assisted UVA in finishing No. 12 in the nation in team passing efficiency defense (107.62), No. 16 in passing yards allowed (183.0), No. 20 in the nation in team defense (330.5) and No. 20 in scoring defense (20.1). UVA’s 28-0 drubbing of South Carolina in the 2018 Belk Bowl was the first time an SEC team was shutout in a bowl by a non-SEC team since the 1975 Gator Bowl.
In his first season (2017) overseeing the defensive line, Andrew Brown notched 46 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and earned an invite to the Senior Bowl. At nose tackle Hanback recorded 58 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. Thanks to its pass rush, So’oto coached a defensive front that helped UVA notch the seventh-best pass defense in the nation in 2017.
So’oto was a four-time letter winner at BYU where he began his career as a tight end and played his final three seasons at linebacker and defensive end where he earned All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior in 2010. He was the first player to commit to the Cougars’ program when Bronco Mendenhall was named head coach.
During his career he suffered two season-ending injuries and was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. He had 12 receptions for 124 yards on offense for the Cougars and tallied 55 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and one interception on defense. He earned his undergraduate degree in geography in 2010.
So’oto made the Green Bay Packers roster in 2011 as a free agent and appeared in seven games. So’oto’s NFL career spanned four seasons and he went on the play for the Oakland Raiders (2012), Washington Redskins (2012), Arizona Cardinals (2013), New Orleans Saints (2013) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2014).
So’oto started his post-playing career under Mendenhall at BYU as an intern in the football office in 2015 working with special projects and came to Charlottesville as a graduate assistant in 2016.
So’oto is a second cousin of NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau. A native of Oceanside, Calif., he and his wife Ashley, who was Mendenhall’s personal assistant in the football office at BYU, have five children — Fia, Ave, Tre, Samson and Mack.
|High School||Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif., 2005|
|Family||wife, Ashley; five children|
|Green Bay Packers (2011-12)|
|Oakland Raiders (2012)|
|Washington Redskins (2012)|
|Arizona Cardinals (2013)|
|New Orleans Saints (2013)|
|Pittsburgh Steelers (2014)|
|2015 – BYU
|2016 – Virginia
Defensive Graduate Assistant
|2017-pres. – Virginia
|Las Vegas Bowl (2007) – player|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2008) – player|
|Las Vegas Bowl (2009) – player|
|New Mexico Bowl (2010) – player|
|Military Bowl (2017)|
|Belk Bowl (2018)|
|Orange Bowl (2019)|
|Former Prominent Players Coached|
|Andrew Brown (Virginia)|
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