Football's Staff to Coach D3 FAF Team North, Nine Seniors to be Featured in Bowl Games

Football's Staff to Coach D3 FAF Team North, Nine Seniors to be Featured in Bowl Games

BUENA VISTA, Va. — For the second consecutive season, the Southern Virginia University football coaching staff led by Head Coach Ed Mulitalo were selected to coach the 2019 D3 FreeAgentFootball (FAF) Senior Classic for Team North. The Knights will also have a record number of nine players set to play in senior bowls throughout the country, including six for Team North in the Senior Classic.

"This is a honor for our staff to be able to coach this game and to be a part of this game that allows these seniors to chase their dreams at being able to possibly play at the next level," said Mulitalo. "We as coaches, always look to better our craft as a coach. This game gives us another opportunity to coach together as a staff and bond."

All FAF bowl games will be held at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The 2019 FAF D3 Senior Classic kickoff is set for Saturday, Dec. 21 at 12:30 p.m. This will be the 11th year and is comprised of All-Americans, All-Region, and All-Conference players throughout the country.

All-ODAC First Team running back Akiva Wedge headlines the Knights on offense with the most successful wide receiver tandem in the program's Division III era in Kevin Adams and Josh Newman.

Defensively, Southern Virginia sends three defensive linemen in Skyler Cloward, Michael Benjamin, and this season's sack leader Simi Moala.

North Team Coaching Staff

Head Coach-Ed Mulitalo
Danny Dupaix-Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks
Patrick Hoffmann-Co-Offensive Coordinator, Fullbacks and Tight Ends
Michael Frye-Running Backs
Scott Girolmo-Wide Receivers
Nate Lealao-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers
Rob McCoy-Defensive Backs
Keaton Epps-Defensive Line

After a strong showing at the National Bowl, All-South Region and All-ODAC performer Neil Davis will compete in his second bowl of the season at the 2019 FAF D2 Senior Bowl. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start time Friday, Dec. 20. This is the tenth season, and the contest kickstarts the FAF ISS weekend. The players selected to participate are by invite only.

Offensive lineman and All-ODAC honoree Grady Sami will conclude the weekend of bowl games at the 2019 FAF D1-FCS Senior Scout Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. The players selected to play are also by invite only and will have an opportunity to be viewed by multiple pro scouts.

Several weeks later, safety Albert Green IV will compete in the Dream Bowl VIII on Monday, Jan. 20, in Salem, Virginia, at Salem Football Stadium. The Dream Bowl VIII is a college football exhibition of the top-talent in FCS, D-II, and D-III.

"Many of our seniors received an invitation to play and we are excited to get one more chance to coach them," said Mulitalo. "We have never had this many seniors play in all-star games as Neil has already played in one and Albert Green IV will play in the Dream Bowl here locally in Roanoke. We are getting better as a program and these type of acolades are proof. Regardless of what happens after this game, we are very proud of our seniors, they all will be a success in life no matter what."