Joe DuPaix enters his first year as head coach of the Southern Virginia football program.
Most recently, DuPaix (Du-PAY) comes 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 Bow.
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 seven children.
Matthew Edwards enters his second year as assistant coach for the Knights.
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.
Matthew Edwards married MaryBeth Small and they have a three-month-old son, Luke. Their family just moved to Buena Vista.