Te’o-Nesheim died in his sleep

The late Daniel Te'o Nesheim, who set the career sacks record at the University of Washington, is shown in a game against Hawaii in 2007. Richard Walker / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

When Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, the Hawaii Preparatory Academy head football coach, died Oct. 30, no cause of death was given by his family.

Grieving Hawaii Prep athletic director Steve Perry confirmed to Hawaii Prep World via email last week that Te’o-Nesheim’s death at age 30 was sudden and it is not believed to be due to illness.

“As far as Daniel goes … a terrible time around here for so many,” Perry wrote. “He was a special person.
All I know is that he died in his sleep. Everything was good the night before … went to sleep … did not wake up.”


Te’o-Nesheim was a two-way standout lineman for Ka Makani’s football team. He went on to star at defensive end for the University of Washington and played in the NFL with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.


He spent one season as Hawaii Prep’s head coach, moving up from his assistant’s role for 2017.

Family and friends came together to say goodbye to Te’o-Nesheim in Kona last weekend. Husky teammates and alums Donny Mateaki, Cameron Elisara, Donald Butler, Jarrett Finau and Kalani Aldrich were among those that attended.

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