Super Bowl champion Edwin Mulitalo was named head football coach at Southern Virginia University in March 2018.
Mulitalo joined the Knights' staff in 2016 under Joe DuPaix. During his first season, Ed coached the defensive line and was promoted to defensive coordinator the next season. After allowing 478 yards and 50 points per game in 2015, Mulitalo in his first year helped the Knights' defense limit opponents to less than 320 yards and 30 points per game in 2016.
Defensive improvements continued in 2017 as the Knights limited opponents' rushing yards and forced more fumbles than the previous year.
After playing college football at the University of Arizona, Mulitalo was drafted in 1999 by the Baltimore Ravens. He went on to play ten years in the NFL, including a Super Bowl Championship with the Ravens in the 2000-01 season.
After retiring from the NFL, and coaching the offensive line in the inaugural season at Herriman High School, Mulitalo moved with his wife and three children to the Samoan Island of Upolu where he taught and coached the Church College of Samoa rugby team to a national title. As a Polynesian-American, Mulitalo now joins Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo and Brigham Young University’s Kalani Sitake as one of three Polynesian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to become NCAA head football coaches.
After returning from Samoa, 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 Championship Title outright.
Mulitalo was featured in 2017 by NFL Films in A Football Life.
He currently lives in Buena Vista with his beautiful wife Laura, and four children, Lima, Tupu, Lola, and Milo.
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.
Keaton Epps was named as an assistant head coach for Coach Mulitalo in 2018. He completed his first season (2017) as the recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach at Southern Virginia.
Before Southern Virginia, Epps served as the defensive line coach at Clayton HS in Clayton, N.C. Before coaching at Clayton High, he competed at Minot State in 2015, 2016 as a defensive end and long snapper where he was elected defensive line captain, and earned Myles Brand All-Academic Distinction Award. He earned a master's in business management at Minot State.
Prior to Minot State, Epps was a member of the Southern Virginia football program. The Wake Forest, North Carolina, native played in 10 games in 2013 and had 28 solo tackles and 23 tackle assists, earning 8.5 sacks for a loss of 46 yards. He also had two forced fumbles and five pass breakups on the year.
For his achievements, he was named to the 2013 All-USCAA first team and to the second team defense of the Roanoke Times College Division All-State football team. In the classroom, Epps was named USCAA All-Academic and a 2013 Capital One Academic All-District recipient.
He also made the 2014 spring semester president’s and provost’s lists and was named to the 2013-14 VaSID Academic All-State team. He graduated from Southern Virginia with a degree in Spanish.
Epps joined the program in the spring of 2013 after transferring from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santa Rosa, California.
Keaton and his wife, Lillian, a former member of the women’s lacrosse program at Southern Virginia, have one son, Paxton.
Nate Lealao enters his first season as a co-defensive coordinator with Rob McCoy. 2018 will be Lealao's second season with the Knights, serving as a defensive assistant in his first year.
Leolao played at James Logan High School in Union City, Calif., earning All-League and All-East Bay honors. After high school, he played linebacker and defensive end at College of the Canyons and went on to play at Dixie State University from 2013-16.
A Bay Area native, Lealao is the nephew of head coach Edwin Mulitalo. His father, Rob Lealao, is a coach at James Logan High School, and his youngest brother Nakita Lealao plays at the University of Nevada-Reno.
Served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission. He graduated from Dixie State with a Bachelor's Degree in communications and an emphasis in mass media.
Rob McCoy enters his first season as co-defensive coordinator with Nate Lealao. In 2017, McCoy coaches the defensive backs.
Most recently, McCoy served 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.
Prior to coaching, McCoy was captain of the University of New Hampshire Wildcats in 1995 where he received second team All-Yankee Conference Honors as a strong safety and earned the team's Distinguished Service Award.
Rob played on the University of New Hampshire Lacrosse Team in 1993 and 1994 and played on the Wildcats Basketball Team in 1992-93. After entering the NFL draft in 1996 Rob enjoyed stints in the Arena Football League until 2001.
This Amityville, New York native played quarterback at Copiague High School.
McCoy graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in English. He married the former Tamika Capps and together they have three children: Robert Jr., Aniyah Raine, and Aubree Skye.
Patrick Hofmann enters his third season with the Southern Virginia football program. Beginning in 2018, Hofmann will coach the tight ends and fullbacks. In 2017, he served 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.
Justin Hugie enters his first season with the Southern Virginia football programs as the wide receivers and special teams coach.
Most recently, Hugie served the past four years at Southern Utah University, as a defensive assistant coach 2-14-15 and as a special teams assistant 2016-17. His last role was during the 2017 as an offensive assistant.
Hugie was a part of two Big Sky Championships in 2015 and 2017, with the team making two playoff appearances.
Coached Big Sky First Team All-Conference punter, in 2016. His special teams kickoff coverage and punt coverage became ranked first in the conference.
Prior to coaching, Hugie graduated from Southern Utah with a Bachelor's in Human Performance. He is currently earning his Masters degree in Public Administration from Southern Utah and is married to his wife Madison.
Michael Frye enters the second season on the Southern Virginia football staff as a Running backs coach.
Frye, who graduated in April 2017 with a degree in family and child development, led the Knights with 404 rushing yards as a senior.
Frye came to Southern Virginia in 2013 and helped the Knights build an 8-2 record, the best record in school history. The Knights finished 2013 ranked No. 1, according to the final United States Collegiate Athletic Association coaches' poll.
In 2012, Frye worked as a speed and conditioning coach at A.S.T. speed training.