Danny DuPaix enters his 4th year as the Knights offensive coordinator and 5th season as assistant head coach (17th season coaching) while adding the Quarterbacks Coach title in 2018.
Under DuPaix, the Knights' offense in 2019 saw another season of progress as the Knights improved in almost every offensive statistical category, highlighted by two-time First Team All-Conference running back Akiva Wedge's back-to-back 1,000+ yard rushing seasons and Honorable Mention offensive tackle Sami Grady (NJAC - '18, ODAC - '19, respectively). In addition to Wedge's stellar seasons, wide receivers Josh Newman and Kevin Adams quietly produced career seasons, breaking records in season receptions (Adams- 49), career TD receptions (Adams- 7), and career receiving yards (Newman- 810 yards). Sophomore QB Davis Pinkston also set season records in completion percentage (52%), yards per attempt (5.8), and QB Efficiency (108.7) while tying the season record in TD completions (14).
In 2018, the offense transition from the flexbone triple option to a spread power run. The Knights improved in scoring, total offense, yards per play, yards per completion, 3rd down percentage and red zone scoring for the second consecutive season. The Knights set school records in average yards per rush (5.2 yards), yards per game (103.2), and season total rushing yards (1,032). Wedge also became the first 1,000 yard rusher in school history.
In 2017, DuPaix led the Knights finish fourth in the NJAC in rushing offense. The Knights put up 45 points in a win over The Apprentice School, the most the team has scored since the 2011 season.
Before SVU, DuPaix was the Head Coach at West Jordan High School (5A). West Jordan ranked in the top 5 passing and top three rushing offenses in consecutive seasons. The program also improved from a 2.5 GPA to a 3.2 GPA during his tenure.
Before moving to West Jordan High, DuPaix was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Herriman High School (5A) in the school’s inaugural seasons, producing three All-State running backs. Under head coach Larry Wilson, the team went 20-14 making the playoffs each season and a Region Championship in 2012.
For six years prior to Herriman High, DuPaix coached multiple positions at his alma mater, Skyline High School including several Region Championships and a State Title in 2005.
As a player, he started for the Top 10 Nationally ranked University of Utah Rugby Team (Division 1). He led the team to the National Playoffs three times and Quarterfinals twice. In 2008, he set a school record for tries in a game (5). He graduated from Utah with an M.S. in Education and B.S. in Special Education.
A Salt Lake City, Utah, native and brother of current Navy Asst. Coach Joe DuPaix, he played high school football for his father, Roger, where he played on one State Championship team and two State Finalists, losing only 3 games in 3 seasons. After serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Raleigh, North Carolina, DuPaix married the former Rebecca Sonnenberg and they have five children: Judson, Lyla, Thomas, Raleigh and Noelle.