Danny DuPaix enters his third year as the Knights offensive coordinator and 4th season as assistant head coach (16th season overall) while adding the Quarterbacks Coach title in 2018.
In 2018, the Knights improved in Scoring, Total Offense, yards per play, yards per completion, 3rd down percentage and Red Zone scoring for the 2nd consecutive season. QB Tate Briggs led the passing attack and was in the top half of the conference statistical categories before a season ending injury 7 games in.
The season was highlighted by 1st Team All-Conference RB Akiva Wedge and OL led by Tackle Sami Grady setting 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 helped 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), Utah. In 2013, WJ ranked in the top 5 passing offenses and in 2014, they ranked in the top three rushing offenses.
Before moving to West Jordan High, DuPaix was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Herriman High School in the school’s inaugural seasons, producing 3 All-State RBs. 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 the U 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 RB, WR, and DB 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 four children: Judson, Lyla, Thomas, and Raleigh.