By Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Southern Virginia University President Paul K. Sybrowsky today named Tyler Hughes as the university's next head football coach.
"Following an extensive national search, we are confident that Coach Hughes is the right person to lead our football program into a new era of NCAA Division III competition," said Sybrowsky. "We believe that Coach Hughes will build an elite football program here at Southern Virginia without sacrificing our academic standards or commitment to LDS values."
Hughes comes to Southern Virginia from The Ohio State University, where he served last season as a quality control assistant under head coach Urban Meyer, who is widely recognized as one of the top offensive minds in college football. Among other duties at Ohio State, Hughes performed advanced scouting, film analysis and data analytics to increase offensive efficiency and productivity, helping the Buckeyes to a 12-2 record and No. 12 ranking in the final Associated Press poll.
"I am very excited for this opportunity and would like to thank President Sybrowsky and the administration at Southern Virginia University for giving me the responsibility of leading this program," Hughes said. "We will represent everything this great university stands for and build a championship-caliber program. I think this position is something special and I can't wait to get started."
Prior to Ohio State, Hughes experienced tremendous success as the head football coach at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah from 2011-12. During his two seasons at the helm of Snow's program, Hughes led the Badgers to a 20-4 overall record, including an 11-1 record in 2012. Hughes also guided the Badgers to bowl game championships in both of his seasons as head coach.
Named the 2012 Western States Football League Coach of the Year, Hughes coached eight National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans and 20 All-Conference performers during his two seasons at Snow. Hughes also placed a strong emphasis on his players' academic success with seven Badgers becoming NJCAA Academic All-Americans and 27 earning Dean's List honors during his tenure.
"Tyler is a perfect fit for our university and uniquely prepared to guide our football program to new levels," said Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing Brett Garcia. "He understands how to build a winning program and recruit the LDS market. He is dedicated to success on the field and in the classroom."
Before becoming Snow's head coach, Hughes served as the Badgers' offensive coordinator from 2004-10, helping the program to a 70-13 (.843) record over that period, including five consecutive 10-win seasons, five bowl game championships, five conference championships, and two NJCAA national championship appearances.
Snow's offense ranked among the NJCAA's top 10 in points and yards during four of Hughes' seven years as the Badgers' offensive coordinator, including the nation's top offensive attack in 2006.
Hughes graduated from Utah State University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and is pursuing a master's in business administration from Ohio State.
Hughes and his wife, Lisa, have four sons, Kenyon (12), Isaac (10), William (6) and Max (4).
This past fall, Southern Virginia completed its most successful season to date finishing 8-2 after closing out the year on a six-game winning streak. Southern Virginia also finished the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the USCAA Coaches' Poll, while a program-record seven Knights were named to the VaSID All-State team (College Division).
"We are coming off our most successful football season in program history, but we expect a big step up in terms of competition as football enters its first season in the New Jersey Athletic Conference," said Associate Athletic Director Jason Lamb. "Despite the increased level of competition, we are confident that Coach Hughes can build upon last season's momentum and take our football program to even greater heights."