Inoke Breckterfield

Inoke Breckterfield (pronounced ee-NO-kay), who is quickly becoming one of the best defensive line coaches in the nation, completed his fourth season at Wisconsin in 2018, leading a unit that has become a cornerstone of one of the nation's strongest defenses during his time in Madison.

The Badgers allowed an average of just 14.4 points per game over Breckterfield's first three seasons, ranking No. 2 nationally in scoring defense and trailing only Alabama (13.4 ppg). UW also ranked No. 2 in rushing defense (97.6 ypg), No. 2 in pass efficiency defense (100.2) and No. 3 in total defense (277.5 ypg) over the course of those seasons.

Wisconsin went a combined 34-7 during Breckterfield's first three seasons on staff, claiming back-to-back Big Ten West Division titles in 2016 and 2017 and scoring three straight bowl game wins with victories over USC in the Holiday Bowl, Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl and Miami in the Orange Bowl.

He developed a deep front line for the Badgers' 3-4 defense, anchored by a trio of defensive ends who became part of the winningest senior class in school history with their four-year record of 45-10: Alec James, Chikwe Obasih and Conor Sheehy.

James and Sheehy were second-team All-Big Ten selections as seniors in 2017, contributing to a unit that won a school-record 13 games while finishing the season ranked No. 2 nationally in total defense (262.1 yards per game), No. 3 in scoring defense (13.9 points per game), No. 3 in rushing defense (98.4 ypg) and No. 1 in passing efficiency defense (96.4).

James finished with 6.5 sacks – the most by a Badgers defensive lineman since J.J. Watt recorded 7.0 in 2010 – while junior Olive Sagapolu had a career-high 3.0 sacks from his nose tackle spot. As a whole, the defensive line recorded 18.5 tackles for loss, led by 8.0 from James, 5.5 from Sheehy and 3.5 from Sagapolu.

Obasih joined James and Sheehy to give UW three All-Big Ten honorees at defensive end in 2016, when the trio combined with Sagapolu to record 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks on the season.

In his first year in Madison, Breckterfield helped the Badgers build the nation’s top defense, ranking No. 1 in scoring defense (13.7 points per game) and No. 2 in total defense (268.5 yards per game) in 2015.

Breckterfield joined the staff at Wisconsin after three years of coaching defensive tackles at Pittsburgh.

His most successful pupil, Panthers product Aaron Donald, was a first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft following a senior season that saw the Consensus All-American sweep the nation’s top defensive honors by claiming the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. Donald led the nation with 28.5 tackles for loss and ranked 11th in the country with 11.0 sacks as a senior.

Breckterfield came to Pittsburgh after coaching the defensive line at UCLA in 2011. The Bruins played in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game and received an invitation to San Francisco’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Prior to UCLA, Breckterfield coached the defensive line at Montana during the 2010 season. The Grizzlies ranked first in the Big Sky Conference and 14th nationally in tackles for loss (7.64 per game), and second in the league and 18th nationally in sacks per contest (2.64). The year prior to Breckterfield’s arrival in 2009, Montana ranked 103rd and 88th in those categories, respectively.

Breckterfield began his coaching career under Mike Riley, his former head coach, at Oregon State. Joining the Beavers as a volunteer assistant in 2006, Breckterfield went on to serve as a graduate assistant in 2007 and ’08 working with the defensive line. The 2008 Beavers finished with a No. 18 ranking after going 9-4 with a victory over Pitt in the Sun Bowl.

Following his graduate assistantship with Oregon State, Breckterfield landed his first full-time post as defensive line coach at Weber State in 2009.

Breckterfield earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Oregon State in 2007.

Born April 25, 1977, Inoke and his wife, Carol, have three sons, Kalevi and twins Rocky and Riley.