Arizona State interim football coach Shaun Aguano: What to know about new Sun Devils coach

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Arizona State football fired Herm Edwards as coach on Sunday after the team's 30-21 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday night and named running backs coach Shaun Aguano as the interim coach.

Who is Shaun Aguano?

Aguano was hired by Herm Edwards in January 2019 as Arizona State's running backs coach after an impressive stint as the head coach at Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona.

At Chandler, Aguano led the Wolves to four 6A state titles in five years, including three in a row before going to ASU.

He spent 18 years at Chandler, the last eight being the team's head coach, where he posted an 88-19 record.

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An offensive mind, Aguano sent numerous players to Division I college football including 2,000 yard rushers T.J. Green, Drake Anderson and DeCarlos Brooks.

Aguano was Chandler's offensive coordinator when Paul Perkins was a standout running back.

He also was known for helping some elite Arizona high school quarterbacks including Brett Hundley, Darell Garretson, Mason Moran, Bryce Perkins and Jacob Conover.

Former ASU wide receiver N'Keal Harry also played for Aguano, as did Chase Lucas, who became a cornerback at ASU after playing running back and receiver at Chandler.

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Shaun Aguano is ASU football's interim coach.

In a 2019 interview, Aguano told The Arizona Republic's Richard Obert that he hoped to attract Arizona's top in-state recruits to ASU.

"I understand we want to keep the best kids in the state of Arizona (and) make sure Arizona State is the first school they look at," Aguano said. 

Aguano was in his fourth year on Edwards' staff, making him the second-longest tenured assistant behind only special teams coach Shawn Slocum. 

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In Aguano's first season at ASU, Eno Benjamin rushed for 1,083 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In 2021, Rachaad White rushed for 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also catching 43 passes for 456 yards and a touchdown.

Xazavian Valladay has 330 yards rushing and four touchdowns in three games for the Sun Devils this season.

The Arizona Republic's Richard Obert contributed to this story.

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