Two Former NFL Players Named to Football Staff

By Nick Porter 

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Southern Virginia University's head football coach Joe DuPaix announced the hiring of four new coaches on Friday naming Mike Rigell, Toniu Fonoti, Edwin Mulitalo, and Patrick Hofmann to his staff.

"I am excited to announce the addition of four great men to our staff," said Coach DuPaix, "they each bring separate experiences from all levels and football and knowledge of the game that will help take our team to the next level."

Mike Rigell will serve as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach. Rigell played at Brigham Young University as a wide receiver and punt and kick return specialist. He began his coaching career at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash. before spending a few months at the University of Utah and then Idaho State University. From there Rigell coached at New Mexico Highlands University, worked with the Kansas City Chiefs and then served as the special teams coordinator at the University of Puget Sound and Snow College.

Toniu Fonoti will be joining the Knights as the offensive line coach. Fonoti played football for and graduated with a degree in communications at Nebraska University. He was then drafted in the second round of the NFL draft to play offensive guard for the San Diego Chargers. He played for multiple teams throughout his eight-year NFL career before becoming a personal trainer in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Fourth-round NFL draft pick Edwin Mulitalo also joins the staff of the Knights and will serve as the defensive line coach. Mulitalo was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens where he played eight years as an offensive lineman, and was part of the Ravens' 2000-01 Super Bowl win over the Giants. After leaving the NFL he taught physical education and seminary in Samoa before joining the staff at Southern Utah University to coach the offensive line. 

Patrick Hofmann will serve as an assistant offensive line coach. Hofmann has spent the last five years at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah in various roles on the coaching staff. The University of Utah graduate also played at Highland HS.