Joe DuPaix enters his seacond year as head coach of the Southern Virginia football program.
In his first season with the Knights, DuPaix (Du-PAY) led the team to their first season-opening victory since 2007, and a New Jersey Athletic Conferene victory over William Paterson.
Coach DuPaix came to Southern Virginia from BYU where he served two seasons (2011-12) as the Cougar’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach. Working under then head coach Bronco Mendenhall, DuPaix was part of the staff that led the Cougars to an 18-8 overall record, including back-to-back bowl wins and a 10-win season in 2011.
Before BYU, DuPaix coached the slot backs at the United States Naval Academy. During his three years in Annapolis, the Midshipmen appeared in three consecutive bowl games, won two Commander-In-Chief trophies and ranked in the top-ten nationally for rushing offenses each season. He was also part of Navy’s 10-win season in 2009, which culminated in a 35-13 route of Missouri in the Texas Bowl.
DuPaix's collegiate coaching career began in 1998 as an offensive coach at NCAA Division II University of Missouri-Rolla, before becoming the offensive coordinator at NCAA Division I-AA California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California in 2007.
The Salt Lake City, Utah native played high-school football for his father, Roger, at Skyline High School. As a senior, he was named the 1990 Utah State MVP (Class 4A) leading Skyline to its first state title of the 90’s.
After serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Barranquilla, Colombia, DuPaix married to the former Monica Taylor. Together they have eight children.
Danny DuPaix enters his first year as the Knights' offensive coordinator, and second season as assistant head coach and running backs coach (14th season overall).
Most recently, Danny DuPaix comes from West Jordan High School, in greater Salt Lake City, where he served as the head coach, offensive coordinator, and QBs coach from 2013 to 2015. In 2013, West Jordan ranked in the top 5 passing offenses for 5A. In 2014, West Jordan ranked in the top three rushing offenses for 5A.
Before moving to West Jordan High, DuPaix was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Herriman High School in the school’s first three seasons, producing 3 All-State RBs. Under then head coach Larry Wilson, the team went 20-14 making the playoffs each year, including the school’s inaugural season, and a Region Championship in 2012.
For six years prior to Herriman High, DuPaix coached a variety of positions at his alma mater, Skyline High School including several Region Championships and a State Title in 2005.
As a player, he was the starting inside center for the Top 10 Nationally ranked University of Utah Rugby Team, leading the team to National Playoffs three years and Quarterfinals twice. In 2008, he set the school record for tries in a game (5).
The Salt Lake City, Utah native and younger brother of head coach Joe DuPaix, played high-school football for his father, Roger, at Skyline High School where he played RB, WR, and DB for 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, he graduated from the University of Utah with a M.S. in Education and B.S. in Special Education. DuPaix married the former Rebecca Sonnenberg. Together they have four children.
Chas Ryan enters his second season with thw Southern Virginia football program, serving as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Knights.
In his first season with the Knights, four defensive players recieved NJAC All-Conference honors, including Neil Davis who was named as the NJAC Defensive Rookie of the Year and led the league in interceptions (6). Davis was also named the VaSID All-State Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Ryan comes from Snow College where he has been serving at the defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinators since February 2014. While there, he coached two Junior College All-Americans and the Badgers were ranked both No. 8 & No. 2 in the nation.
Before going to Snow College he filled numerous coaching and teaching positions at the American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, Utah.
The Utah native received All-State football honors and played at Granger High School before receiving a football scholarship to play at William Penn University. At William Penn Ryan served as the football captain and holds the school records for all-time sacks and tackles for a loss as a linebacker.
Chas graduated from William Penn in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology and criminology. He and his wife Danielle have 4 kids.
Ed Mulitalo enters his second season with the Southern Virginia football team, and serves as the co-defenisve coordinator and 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 coached the offensive line in the inagural season at Herriman High School. Later, he taught physical education and seminary, and coached the Pesega Church College rugby team to a national title in Samoa.
Later Mulitalo joined the staff at Southern Utah University as an assistant to the offensive line coach and helped the Thunderbirds win their first Big Sky Campionship Title outright.
He currently lives in Buena Vista with his beautiful wife Laura, and four children, Lima, Tupu, Lola and Milo.
Matthew Edwards enters his third year as assistant coach for the Knights, and second year with head coach Joe DuPaix.
After his first season with the Knights, Edwards was named interim head coach and was crucial in the transition to DuPaix's staff.
Edwards comes from Brigham Young University where he served as tight end and lead kick return coach. Edwards also helped BYU as a graduate and special teams assistant.
Before coaching for the Cougars, Edwards was a tight end and lettered his last two years on the team in 2010 and 2011.
Edwards graduated from Brigham Young in 2011 with a B.S. in Mathematics and earned a masters of public administration in 2013.
The North Salt Lake, Utah native served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Baltimore, Maryland.
He and his wife MaryBeth - who is an assistant coach of the Southern Virginia track team - live in Buena Vista with their son Luke.
Mike Rigell enters his second season as the defensive backs coach for the Knights.
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.
Patrick Hofmann enters his second season with the Southern Virginia football program, and serves as the video coordinator and offensive line coach.
From 2011-15 Hofmann coached at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, working in various roles on the coaching staff.
He graduated from the University of Utah in 2015 and holds a Bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science, with a minor in nutrition.