Tyler Hughes enters his first season as head coach of the Southern Virginia football program after being hired in March of 2014.
Hughes comes to Southern Virginia from The Ohio State University, where he served last season as a quality control assistant under head coach Urban Meyer, who is widely recognized as one of the top offensive minds in college football. Among other duties at Ohio State, Hughes performed advanced scouting, film analysis and data analytics to increase offensive efficiency and productivity, helping the Buckeyes to a 12-2 record and No. 12 ranking in the final Associated Press poll.
Prior to Ohio State, Hughes experienced tremendous success as the head football coach at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah from 2011-12. During his two seasons at the helm of Snow's program, Hughes led the Badgers to a 20-4 overall record, including an 11-1 record in 2012. Hughes also guided the Badgers to bowl game championships in both of his seasons as head coach.
Named the 2012 Western States Football League Coach of the Year, Hughes coached eight National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans and 20 All-Conference performers during his two seasons at Snow. Hughes also placed a strong emphasis on his players' academic success with seven Badgers becoming NJCAA Academic All-Americans and 27 earning Dean's List honors during his tenure.
Before becoming Snow's head coach, Hughes served as the Badgers' offensive coordinator from 2004-10, helping the program to a 70-13 (.843) record over that period, including five consecutive 10-win seasons, five bowl game championships, five conference championships, and two NJCAA national championship appearances.
Snow's offense ranked among the NJCAA's top 10 in points and yards during four of Hughes' seven years as the Badgers' offensive coordinator, including the nation's top offensive attack in 2006.
Hughes graduated from Utah State University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and is pursuing a master's in business administration from Ohio State.
Hughes and his wife, Lisa, have four sons, Kenyon, Isaac, William and Max.
Southern Virginia Coaching History
Jason Walker enters his first season as the football program’s defensive coordinator.
Walker comes to Southern Virginia after serving as a defensive graduate assistant the past four seasons at Brigham Young University, where he learned defensive schemes from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and some of the nation's top defensive assistants. Since Coach Mendenhall's arrival at BYU in 2005, the Cougar defense has consistently ranked in the Top 25 for various defensive categories in NCAA Division I FBS football.
Walker's primary responsibilities at BYU involved preparing scouting reports, tagging film and assisting the coaching staff in practice and recruiting. During the 2012 season, Walker oversaw the kickoff return unit that finished 30th in the nation in total return yards.
Prior to BYU, Walker served as the defensive coordinator and special teams coach at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, and had previous experience coaching the defensive secondary and special teams at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah.
Before his coaching career began, Walker played collegiate football for two seasons at Snow College followed by two seasons at Utah State University. While playing safety for Utah State, Walker was recognized as one of the Aggies’ strongest pound-for-pound players. Changes in Utah State's coaching staff following Walker's junior season allowed him to learn and play under two different defensive schemes during his time as an Aggie.
Walker and his wife, Jen, have four children: daughter Brighton (9), son Rex (7), daughter Ivory (4) and son Gabriel (2). Jason served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Ivory Coast, Abidjan mission from 1998-00.
He received a bachelor's degree in business from Utah State and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration from BYU.
Southern Virginia Coaching History
Mike Meifu enters his first season as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach after being hired in March of 2014.
He comes to Southern Virginia by way of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach this past season.
During the 2012 season at Snow, Meifu served as the running game coordinator and coached an offensive line that consisted of two all-conference players who helped pave the way for the NJCAA's leading rusher, Breon Allen.
From 2009 to 2011, Meifu coached the tight ends at Snow, tutoring two NJCAA All-Americans as well as three players who went on to earn four-year scholarships at other universities. In 2011, Snow added special teams coordinator to Meifu's list of responsibilities. He also served as the Badgers' summer football camp director for three years.
Before coaching, Meifu played fullback for the Badgers and saw significant playing time as a freshman in 2006 before tearing an ACL in the final game of the year, forcing him to sit out the 2007 season. He returned for the 2008 season and was a key member of a team that finished 11-1 and played for the NJCAA national championship.
Between his time as a player and coach at Snow, Meifu helped Snow to an 82 percent winning percentage, two national championship appearances, six Top 10 finishes and five WSFL conference championships. He coached four NJCAA All-Americans and five WSFL all-conference players.
A 2006 graduate of West Jordan High School in West Jordan, Utah, Meifu earned Utah 5A First Team All-State honors as a senior at the running back position.
He graduated in 2008 from Snow College with an associate of science degree and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in business from Utah State University in 2012.
Mike is married to the former Jamie Driggs and they have one son, Maximus.
Southern Virginia Coaching History
|Title:||Film Coordinator; Wide Receivers Coach|
Chip Erekson is entering his second season as film coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Southern Virginia University football team.
Prior to joining Southern Virginia's coaching staff, Erekson was offensive coordinator from 2010-11 at White Pine High School in Ely, Nevada, highlighted by an 11-1 record and 2A state runner-up finish in 2011.
Erekson began his coaching career in 1993 at the junior high school level in Utah. From 1994-2000, he went to the high school level as wide receivers and defensive backs coach at Payson High School in Utah. Erekson then moved to Nevada and served as the head football coach from 2002-04 at Lund High School. In 2007, Erekson gained valuable collegiate coaching experience as film coordinator and wide receivers coach at NJCAA-affiliate New Mexico Military Institute.
Graduating in 1989, Erekson had a standout high school football career in Wisconsin at White Lake High School.
He lives in Buena Vista, Va., with his wife, Antoinett. They have nine children.
|Title:||Assistant Defensive Line Coach|
Peter Hansen is entering his second season as the defensive line coach for the Southern Virginia University football team.
Hansen was a scholar-athlete during the 2005 through 2008 seasons as a member of the football and wrestling teams.
As a senior, Hansen was named to the NWCA all-American team for wrestling and earned fifth at the NWCA National tournament.
Hansen left Southern Virginia University in 2009, a few credits short of a bachelor’s degree to work as a business analyst for Reo Tinto in California. He will finish with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Leadership from Southern Virginia University in the summer of 2014.
Prior to Southern Virginia University Hansen served a two-year mission in Tacoma, Washington for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Hansen resides in Buena Vista with his wife, Sarah, daughter Hailey and son Kellen.
Tyler Condiff enters his first season as an assistant coach for the football program.
Condiff finished his collegiate football career in 2013 at Southern Virginia playing the center position on the offensive line and helping the Knights to its best season in school history with an 8-2 record.
A native of Spring, Texas, Condiff began his playing career in 2008 before serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honolulu, Hawaii from 2009-11.
During his career at Southern Virginia, Condiff played in 44 games and started 36. Assisting the Knights to 19 wins throughout his tenure, he manned nearly every position on the offensive line including the center, guard and tight end positions.
He graduated from Southern Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in family and child development in May 2014.
Tyler and his wife, Karlie, reside in Buena Vista.