BUENA VISTA, Va. – Southern Virginia University head football coach Ed Mulitalo has named Nate Lealao and Rob McCoy co-defensive coordinators, filling the void left as Mulitalo stepped into the head coach position on March 30.
"Coaches Lealao and McCoy are a great fit to coordinate our defense," Coach Mulitalo said. "Coach Lealao recently made the transition from playing to coaching and Coach McCoy has 15-years' experience. Together, our defense will continue to get better and elevate our program."
Nate Lealao came to Southern Virginia as a defensive assistant for the 2017 season after playing linebacker and defensive end at Dixie State University and the College of the Canyons.
Rob McCoy also joined the defensive staff as the defensive backs coach in 2017 after serving as an assistant coach at a number of different high schools and positions in New Jersey: Pemberton High School (WRs, QBs, DBs), Woodrow Wilson High School (OC, DBs), Winslow (DCs, QBs), Camden Catholic (DBs), Millville High School (LBs). He also served in the Willingboro Panthers Youth programs as a head coach for 8 years.
McCoy entered the NFL draft in 1996 and enjoyed stints in the Arena Football League until 2001.
In addition to the new defensive coordinators, Mulitalo also announced the following changes:
Keaton Epps has been named assistant head coach and will continue to serve as the recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach.
Patrick Hofman, who served as the video coordinator and offensive line coach will coach the tight ends and fullbacks.
Braden Peterson will join the Knights' staff as the offensive line coach.
Danny DuPaix will continue to serve as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator.
"I am excited about this year's staff," Mulitalo said. "Just as I demand that each player becomes accountable to each other, I will demand the same from our coaches. We hope to win both on and off the field, as we hard work and help our young men grow in character and become the best they can become."