Meet the Coaches: Spotlight on American Samoa’s Ben Aigamaua
Auburn, ALABAMA — Faith, family and football — that’s the popular southern mantra used by sports writer Greg Ostendorf in a “Meet the Coaches” profile of American Samoan Ben Aigamaua on the Auburn Tigers website as Aigamaua explains that in the Samoan culture — it’s no different.
“Our culture is God first, then family and football, or whatever sport that you’re playing or what that next thing is,” he quotes Aigamaua, who is Auburn University’s first-year tight end coach — responsible for assisting the Head Football Coach in recruiting, training, and coaching the players of Auburn’s University in Alabama state.
“In our culture, the biggest thing you will know about us is that we’re very humble. We’re going to put others first and we’re going to do whatever it is we can do to help each other. We’re also very laid back and do a lot of listening, we don’t talk a lot until it’s time to voice whatever it is you need to voice”.
Born and raised here in American Samoa, Aigamaua played football on island and earned a scholarship to play at Lambuth University, a Division II school in Jackson, Tennessee. Once he had the chance, he took it, and now 18 years after he left the islands to follow the path that football laid out for him, and now he’s an Southeastern Conference (SEC) assistant coach at Alabama’s Auburn University.