HPA head coach, former NFL player Teo-Nesheim dies at 30

Defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim #50 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up for play against the Atlanta Falcons November 17, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

UPDATE: A memorial service will be held for Hawaii Preparatory Academy head coach Daniel Teo-Nesheim on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Davies Chapel on Upper Campus. Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. with the memorial service to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Following the service, all guests are invited to join a celebration of Teo-Nesheim’s life, which is being hosted by his family in Kennedy Square. Click here for more information.


Former NFL linebacker and Hawaii Preparatory Academy head coach Daniel Teo-Nesheim has died.

He was 30 years old.

While multiple sources confirm his passing, no details are being released at this time.

The 2005 HPA graduate from American Samoa is remembered as one of the greatest athletes to ever come out of Hawaii island.

He played collegiately at the University of Washington, where he ended his career as the program’s all-time sack-leader.

Teo-Nesheim was drafted in the third round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010, and played four seasons in the NFL with the Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He recorded 58 tackles and six sacks before returning to Kamuela, where he was named head coach of his alma mater this past summer.

He led Ka Makani to two victories in 2017.

The school released the following statement:

“Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy (HPA) was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend, colleague, and alumnus Daniel Te‘o-Nesheim. Daniel, a 2005 graduate of HPA, returned to his alma mater in August of 2015 as an assistant football coach and assumed the head coach position in May of 2017. He was also a member of our residential boarding program, serving as a dorm parent. HPA is working to support our students and community through this difficult time. We feel Daniel’s loss acutely in our HPA ‘ohana, and our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello spoke with Teo-Nesheim’s former Buccaneers teammate, Matt Masifilo.

The Ewa Beach native says Teo-Nesheim lived with aloha and was always thinking of others.

“I talked to him about two weeks ago,” Masifilo said. “The season was over. He was disappointed at how it went, but was still so happy to be involved. He was reaching out to me because one of his players had interest in engineering, and that’s just the type of person he is. He’s always thinking about the other person and never about himself. I’m just realizing that’s the last memory I have of him. It’s that right there, him trying to help someone else. He epitomized the spirit of aloha and that was truly his identity. It was very special to know him.”

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