Tem Lukabu enters his fourth season in the NFL and second with the 49ers as the team’s defensive quality control coach.
In 2016, Lukabu assisted defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, who guided a 49ers secondary that saw CB Tramaine Brock and DB Jimmie Ward each register career highs in passes defensed.
In 2015, Lukabu served as the linebackers coach at Florida International University, where he helped freshman LB Anthony Wint earn all-conference honors. In 2014, he served as the outside linebackers coach at his alma mater, Colgate University.
Prior to his time at Colgate, Lukabu spent two seasons (2012-13) as...
Tem Lukabu enters his fourth season in the NFL and second with the 49ers as the team’s defensive quality control coach.In 2016, Lukabu assisted defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, who guided a 49ers secondary that saw CB Tramaine Brock and DB Jimmie Ward each register career highs in passes defensed.
Prior to his time at Colgate, Lukabu spent two seasons (2012-13) as a defensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2013, LB LaVonte David registered career highs in sacks (7.0) and interceptions (three) en route to earning First-Team All-Pro honors. In 2012, Lukabu assisted the Buccaneers defense, which ranked first in the NFL against the run after finishing the 2011 season last in that category. During his time in Tampa Bay, he worked with DT Gerald McCoy, who was named to the first two Pro Bowls of his career and First-Team All-Pro honors in both 2012 and 2013.
Lukabu joined Tampa Bay following two seasons (2010-11) at Rutgers University, where he coached outside linebackers. In 2011, Lukabu coached LB Khaseem Greene, who led the team with 144 tackles and earned conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors, the first player in Rutgers history to do so.
Before working with the Scarlet Knights, Lukabu spent two seasons (2008-09) as linebackers coach at the University of Rhode Island, mentoring LB Matt Hansen, a Second-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association and All-New England Sports Writer honoree, and LB Rob Damon, a Third-Team Football Championship Subdivision All-American and Third-Team All-CAA recipient.
Lukabu began his coaching career working in player development at Rutgers (2006-08), where he was responsible for the academic growth and development of football players, monitoring the academic performance of specific players with special needs and assisting in the execution of plans and academic goals set for the team.
A former linebacker, Lukabu was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter at Colgate University (2000-03). The Raiders won back-to-back Patriot League titles as Lukabu was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in both 2002 and 2003, becoming the first player to claim that honor twice. He was a First-Team All-Patriot League selection both seasons and was named a Third-Team Associated Press All-American. He was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the national defensive player of the year.
Born in Kinshasa, the capital and largest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa, Lukabu earned his bachelor of arts degree in history with a minor in political science from Colgate in 2004. He is married to the former Kate Barrett, who was team captain for Colgate women’s soccer, a two-time All-Patriot League performer and the Patriot League’s 2003 Offensive Player of the Year. The couple has three children: two daughters, Zaida and Kamryn, and one son, Pax.